robert c. thomas, ph.d.

I am the author of User's Guide to Pornography (forthcoming, Zer0 Books). I live in San Francisco, CA where I have taught at various universities and colleges since 1998.

I studied with Giorgio Agamben in the seminars on The Time That Remains (Il tempo che resta). My courses are broadly concerned with the relationship between contemporary culture and the history of Western philosophy, with particular emphasis on modernism/modernity, theories of the image, pornography, affect, cinema, San Francisco, and political economy.

I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Program in Philosophy, Literature, and the Theory of Criticism at the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton (2005), M.A. in Philosophy from SUNY, Binghamton (2004), B.A. in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) (1997).

Photo: Todd Duane Miller


Other Courses I Teach or Have Previously Taught

The Power of the Image or, The Surface of Things
HUM 425
Thought and Image

HUM 410
The Modern Revolution


Invisible SF:
Mapping a History of the Present
HUM 376
San Francisco: Biography of a City


Imagine the Political
HUM 415
Contemporary Culture


Genres in American Culture
HUM 225
Values in American Life


Ecstasy of the Angels:
Modernity, Japanese Cinema, and the Politics of Everyday Life
HUM 510
Comparative Form and Culture