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Kevin Keenan

Assistant Professor/Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program

Kevin KeenanKevin Keenan directs the graduate Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program, which corresponds to the courses needed for the Municipal Government and Urban Planning specialization within the MPA Program.  He also directs the undergraduate Urban Studies major at the College of Charleston.  He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, and he teaches courses in Urban Applications of GIS, History and Theory of American Urban Planning, Qualitative Research Methods, and Urbanization and Urban Geography.  Dr. Keenan’s research focuses on how urban populations in the United States become aware of vulnerability to terrorism.  He analyzes the phenomena and conditions that both amplify and attenuate fear from terrorism, and that more broadly influence terrorism risk perception. He has developed an understanding of how ordinary Americans interpret their risk through the places in which they live their everyday lives, and how mobility, gender, social contacts and other aspects of American life affect these perceptions.  He has also studied how urban institutions, both public and private, effect urban place creations related to security and anti-terrorism strategies, and how these creations in turn influence urban life.  Dr. Keenan has published in journals dealing with urban policy issues, including Urban Geography and Urban Affairs Review.  He has also worked in city and state emergency management, as well as higher education administration.

Address: 26 Coming Street, Room 101
Phone: 843.953.5679


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