Brad Evans

Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist, and writer, whose work specializes on the problem of violence. He is the founder/director of the Histories of Violence project, which has a global user base covering 143 countries. The author of some 10 books and edited volumes, along with over 40 academic and media articles, Brad currently serves as a senior lecturer at the School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies, at the University of Bristol, UK. Throughout 2015-’16, Brad led a series of articles and dialogues dedicated to the problem of violence for the opinions section of The New York Times (The Stone).

Brad’s latest books include Histories of Violence: Post-War Critical Thought (with Terrell Carver, Zed Books, 2017); Portraits of Violence: Ten Thinkers on 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, City Lights: 2015); Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously (with Julian Reid, Polity Press, 2014); and Liberal Terror (Polity Press, 2013). He is currently working on a number of book projects, including Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2018).

He also edits the Histories of Violence Section of Los Angeles Review of Books.


The Intimate Life of Violence

Brad Evans speaks with Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University....

Literary Violence

Brad Evans speaks with Tom McCarthy. A conversation in Brad Evans’s "Histories of Violence" series....

Facing the Intolerable

Jacques Rancière and how a new politics of aesthetics disrupts the way we reduce violence into mediated forms....