rob thomas, ph.d.

Header background image: Neu Wave Hookers by Eon McKai (2005)

I have taught at San Francisco State University and other schools since 1998 and served as a Lecturer Faculty member since 2003 in Humanities and Comparative World Literature.

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 Education (Instructional Design and Technology) at San Francisco State University (2022), M.A. in Philosophy from SUNY, Binghamton (2004), M.A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University (2000), B.A. in Liberal Arts from Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) (1997). In 1999, I studied with Giorgio Agamben in the seminar on "The Time That Remains" at UC Berkeley.

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