Biography

"Brad Evans is the George Clooney of Philosophy"
(Russell Brand)

"One of our leading political philosophers"
(Srecko Horvat)

"A profoundly important & original scholar whose courageous work will stand the test of time " (Henry A. Giroux)

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Professor Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. The author of eighteen books and edited volumes, along with over a hundred academic and media articles, he currently holds a Chair in Political Violence & Aesthetics at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. 

 

Throughout 2015-17, Brad was personally 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. 

Brad's "Portraits of Violence" book won a prestigious Independent Publishers Award (Graphic Novel, 2018). His works have been translated into many languages including, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Turkish, Finnish, Japanese, Dutch, Indonesian and Korean.  

Brad regularly makes television and radio appearances discussing his discussing his research and wider political, philosophical and cultural concerns. He 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. It held its No.1 download positions in both respective countries for over a week. Along with providing academic advice, he has featured as a guest on a number of episodes for the programme. Brad also appeared a number of times on Russell Brand's "True News" series The Trews, where they analysed worldly events. These podcasts and videos have been downloaded over 2 million times.

Working alongside the comedian Jimmy Carr, Brad was an academic advisor for the Netflix show The Fix that was launched December 2018.

Brad is founder/director of the Histories of Violence project that has a user base spanning 148 different countries. Alongside developing its educational initiatives, he has recently directed a global research project 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 works closely with a number of reputable global organisations to address the problem of violence in publicly engaging ways. In 2016 he co-directed a forum in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva titled "Old Pain, New Demons", on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Brad has also acted as a consultant on violence for Opera North, UK, co-directing a number of initiatives on the theatrical and performative nature of violence - including directing an event titled A Beautiful Death. 

 

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 and features on many prominent news sources such as Newsweek, the Times, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Guardian, the Independent, BBC, LBC radio, World Financial Review, Al Jazeera, TruthOut, Counter-Punch and Social Europe. His projects have also been featured in many international outlets including NME, Business Standard, The Telegraph, The Indian Times, Pakistan Today, Hamilton Spectator,  CBS news, El Pais, and Art Forum to name a few

Brad's latest books and curated volumes include Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity (Columbia University Press, 2021); When the Towers Fell: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2021); Conversations on Violence: An Anthology (London, Pluto Press, 2021); The Quarantine Files: Thinkers in Isolation (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2020); The Atrocity Exhibition: Life in the Age of Total Violence (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2019); Violence: Humans in Dark Times (with Natasha Lennard, Citylights, 2018); 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).

 

Brad is currently completing a book titled State of Disappearance (Montreal, McGill-Queens University Press, 2022). His next project will be to complete A Peoples History of the South Wales Valleys (contracted to Repeater/Penguin Random House, 2024)

Brad shares this life with his love, inspiration and soul-mate, his wife the Mexican artist Chantal Meza (with whom he also collaborates). 

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