Thomas Keenan is the Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College where he teaches media theory, literature, and human rights. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics and editor of books on the museum and on the wartime journalism of Paul de Man. With Andras Riedlmayer, he started International Justice Watch (JUSTWATCH-L), an Internet discussion list on war crimes and transitional justice. He has served on the boards of WITNESS and the Soros Documentary Fund. He can be reached at or 845-758-7086.

Danielle Riou is the Associate Director of the Human Rights Project, where she co-curates the HRP’s public programs, organizes special projects and partnerships, and oversees the student internship program. She is co-creator of the Milosevic Trial Public Archive, the complete on-demand video archive of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague, Netherlands. She has presented at conferences and panels on new media, the archive and memory.  She has also translated edited volumes for L’Institut du Proche Orient (Beirut/Brussels.) Her current project is centered around explorations of sound and human rights, and she is currently producing a human rights radio show for broadcast on Bard’s regional NPR affiliate. Broader research interests include humor and trauma, theorizing gender within global development movements, and media theory and human rights. She can be reached at or 845-758-7127.

Avery Lamb is the Human Rights Project’s Research Assistant. She is a senior majoring in Human Rights and Written Arts, writing about public health and human rigths issues in Haiti. She is a founding editor of The Draft, a new student-led interdisciplinary journal of human rights, and founded the group Conversations in Public Health in the spring of 2013.

Jesse Stein is the 2014-2015 Human Rights and Media Fellow at the Human Rights Project. He is currently in his senior year, jointly majoring in photography and human rights.

Past Fellows

Kasra Sarikhani was the 2013-2014 Human Rights and Media Fellow at the Human Rights Project. A recent graduate from Bard College where he majored in Historical Studies and Human Rights, Kasra’s current research interests include theories of dissent in Central Europe during the Cold War, and, more broadly, the history of alternative modes of political engagement.