Reader in Political Violence, University of Bristol

Dr. Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. The author of some ten books and edited volumes, along with over fifty academic and media articles, he serves as a Reader in Political Violence at the School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies, the University of Bristol, UK.

Throughout 2015-17, Brad was invited to lead a dedicated series for The New York Times (The Stone) on violence. He is currently the lead editor for dedicated section on violence and the arts/critical theory with The Los Angeles Review of Books. Brads works are being translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish and Korean.

Brad was the inaugural guest on the comedian Russell Brand's podcast show Under the Skin, which debuted at No.1 on the iTunes charts in United Kingdom and Australia & No. 3 in USA and Canada. Along with providing academic advice, he continues to feature as a guest on a number of episodes for the programme. Brad is also a regular guest on Russell Brand's "True News" series The Trews, where they analyse worldy events.

He is founder/director of the Histories of Violence project. In this capacity, he has recently directed a global research initiative on the theme of "Disposable Life" to interrogate the meaning of mass violence in the 21st Century. Previous to this, his co-directed movie "Ten Years of Terror" (with Simon Critchley) received international acclaim, screening in the Solomon K. Guggenheim museum, New York during September 2011.

Brad has been a visiting fellow at the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, New York (2013-14) and distinguished society fellow at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire (2017).

Brad regularly writes for other prominent news sources such as The Guardian, Independent, World Financial Review, Al Jazeera, TruthOut, Counter-Punch and Social Europe. His projects have been featured in various outlets including CBS news, El Pais, and Art Forum to name a few.

​Brad's latest books include "Histories of Violence: Post-War Critical Thought" (with Terrell Carver, Zed Books, 2017); "Portraits of Violence: An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking" (with Sean Michael Wilson, New Internationalist, 2016); "Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle" (with Henry Giroux, Citylights: 2015), "Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously" (with Julian Reid, Polity Press, 2014), "Liberal Terror" (Polity Press, 2013), and "Deleuze & Fascism: Security - War - Aesthetics" (with Julian Reid, Routledge, 2013). He is currently working on a number of book projects, including "Violence" (with Natasha Lennard, Citylights, 2017): and "Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity" (Columbia University Press, 201

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    Reader in Political Violence, University of Bristol