Liam Kennedy

  • Professor of American Studies at UCD

Professor Liam Kennedy is Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. He has diverse research interests and teaching experiences, spanning the fields of American urban studies, visual culture, globalisation and transatlantic relations.

He is the author of Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion (1995) and Race and Urban Space in American Culture (2000). He is co-editor of Urban Space and Representation (1999) and City Sites: An Electronic Book (2000), and editor of Remaking Birmingham: The Visual Culture of Urban Regeneration (2004).

Professor Kennedy’s work is interdisciplinary, blending cultural and political modes of scholarly analysis, and represents American Studies as a valuable framework to study both American domestic and international affairs.

He is currently researching a monograph on photography and international conflict, and preparing two edited books – on urban photography and on cultural diplomacy and US foreign policy.

Recent Articles include:

  • ‘Seeing and Believing: On Photography and the War on Terror’, Public Culture  (March 2012),
  • ‘Looking for America’, in America Where?, ed. Maria Irene Ramalho (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012)
  • ‘Visual Blowback’, in Getting Closer: Amateur Images and Global News, eds. Kari Andén-Papadopoulos and Mervi Pantti (Intellect Books, 2012)
  • ‘”A Compassionate Vision”: Larry Burrows’ Vietnam War Photography’, Photography and Culture  4.2 (July 2011), 179-94
  • ‘Democratic Vistas: Photography and the Homeland Security State’, in Pictorial Cultures and Political Iconographies, eds. Udo Hebel and Christoph Wagner (Berlin: deGruyter, 2011), 335-54
  • ‘American Studies Without Tears, or, What Does America Want?’, Transatlantic American Studies, 1, 1 (2009),
  • ‘Spectres of Comparison: American Studies and the United States of the West’, in Reconfiguring American Studies: A New Anthology, eds. Janice Radway, Barry Shank, Kevin Gaines, and Penny von Eschen (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009)
  • ‘American Studies Without Tears’, Rivista di Studi Anglo-americani (2009), 26-37.
  • ‘Between Exceptionalism and Universalism: Photography and Public Diplomacy’, in Globalisation, Political Violence and Translation, ed.  Esperanca Bielsa and Christopher Hughes (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • ‘Frederick Douglass’ Fifth of July Address’, in A New Literary History of America, eds. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009)
  • ‘Soldier Photography: Visualizing the War in Iraq’, Review of International Studies 35 (2009), 817-33

Recent Papers include:

‘The Situation Room’, British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Birmingham, November 2011

‘Comment: Cinema and the War on Terror’, American Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, October 2011

‘On Photography and the War on Terror’, Clinton Institute Summer School, July 2011

‘Witnessing US Foreign Policy’, Dartmouth Summer Institute: The Futures of American Studies, Dartmouth College, June 2011

‘Witnessing US Foreign Policy’, Globalizing American Studies Symposium’, Northwestern University, May 2011

‘Memory and Vietnam War Photography’, History, Memory and US Foreign Relations Conference, University College Dublin, April 2011

‘Compassionate Visions’, Atrocity and Photography Conference, Prato, Italy, June 2010

‘On Photography and Post-9/11 Visual Culture’, Before and After 9/11 Conference, University of Leicester, June 2010

‘Seeing and Believing’, Clinton Institute Summer School, University College Dublin, July 2010

‘Photography and Human Rights’, Conference on Media and Human Rights, British Library, London, January 2009

‘The New Photojournalism: Documenting US Foreign Policy after the Vietnam War’, Conference on War and American Identity, University College Dublin, March 2009

‘Photography and Human Rights’, Political Studies Association Conference, University of Manchester, April 2009

‘Looking for America’ America Where? Conference, University of Coimbra, Portugal, June 2009

‘What Is a Conflict Photograph?’, Conference on Photography and International Conflict, University College Dublin, June 2009

‘Homeland Insecurities’, Clinton Institute Summer School, University College Dublin, July 2009

‘Photography and the Vietnam War’, International American Studies Association, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, September 2009

‘Framing the State’, American Studies Association Conference, Washington, October 2009