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Kevin Keenan

Associate Professor

Address: 26 Coming Street, Room 101
Office Hours: Fall 2017: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm & By Appointment
Phone: 843.953.5679

Kevin Keenan has taught in the Department of Political Science since August of 2009.  He teaches undergraduate courses in  Urbanization and Urban Geography, Urban Applications of Geographic Information Systems, Urban Policy, and  Suburbia: People, Place, and Politics.  He teaches graduate courses in Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects, History and Theory of American Urban Planning, and Urban Applications of Geographic Information Systems.  Dr. Keenan utilizes the City of Charleston as a learning laboratory in his classes so students get into the world to see the theories and principles discussed in class in action through field trips and invited speakers.  Dr. Keenan also serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Urban Studies Program and the Director of the Graduate Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program for the College of Charleston.

Dr. Keenan earned his Ph.D. in Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a certificate in college teaching from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium.  In Spring of 2014, Dr. Keenan achieved certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  His research interests focus on the nexus of place and urban vulnerability awareness.  He has published several articles that explore the intersecting and emplaced roles of home, work, mobility, and gender on an individual’s terrorism risk perception.  Dr. Keenan also holds a master’s degree from Hunter College in New York City.  His master’s thesis studied how ontological dissonance stemming from the 9/11 attacks affected the locational strategies of financial executives.  

Before attending graduate school, Dr. Keenan worked for the New York City Office of Emergency Management which was housed in 7 World Trade Center and was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  A survivor of those attacks and confused, as were most Americans, about why they occurred, Dr. Keenan decided to devote his career to understanding the impact of terrorism on American society.


Ph.D., Clark University (geography), Worcester
M.A., CUNY Hunter College
M.A., B.A., SUNY Stony Brook