Brad Evans


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Research interests

Professor Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. He is the author of some ten books and edited volumes, along with over fifty academic and media articles. 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. 

Brad's "Portraits of Violence" book recently won a prestigious Independent Publishers Award (Graphic Novel, 2018). His works are currently being translated into many languages including, Spanish, Italian, German, Turkish, Finnish, Indonesian and Korean.  

Brad regularly makes television and radio appearances. 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 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 worldly events. 

Brad 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 works closely with a number of reputable global organisations to address the problem of violence in publicly engaging ways. Recently 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 (2016). Brad also acts as a consultant on violence for Opera North, UK, co-directing a number of initiatives on the theatrical and performative nature of violence. 

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 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 include "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).

He is currently working on a number of book projects, including "The Atrocity Exhibition: Life in the Age of Total Violence (Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2019): and "Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity" (Columbia University Press, 2020). He is also working on a fictional novel.


  • violence
  • aesthetics
  • insecurity
  • critical theory
  • politics
  • pedagogy

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Terror Arts & Humanities
Demons Arts & Humanities
Torture Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2008 2019

Histories of Violence: Post War Critical Thought

Evans, B. (ed.) & Carver, T. (ed.), 2019, London, U. K.: Zed Books. 256 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Speak No Evil: What We Can Learn From Jacinda Ardern’s Response to Christchurch

Evans, B., 22 Mar 2019, Newsweek.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

The Expulsion of Humanity: Brad Evans in Conversation with Saskia Sassen

Evans, B., 7 Jan 2019, Los Angeles Review of Books.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

When Art Is Born of Resistance: Brad Evans in Conversation with Martha Rosler

Evans, B., 2019, Los Angeles Review of Books.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle