Dr. Thomas Keene is Professor of History is a native of Pennsylvania and received his bachelor degree at Dickinson College in that state. He did his graduate work in history at Emory University where he received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern European and World History. Dr. Keene has been at Kennesaw State University (KSU) his entire academic career, from 1973 to the present.
In 1980 Dr. Keene received a Fulbright Fellowship for a study/travel seminar in India. The seminar dramatically increased his interest in Asia, and in international education. It also made him a great believer in the transformative power of a good international faculty development seminar. Dr. Keene spent the 1986-87 academic year in China as the first participant in a faculty exchange that has continued between Kennesaw State and Jiangsu Province ever since. He has return China six times and to India four times, negotiating or administering exchanges and faculty development programs for KSU and the University System of Georgia (USG). From 1993 to 2003, Dr. Keene chaired the USG Asia Council, which facilitates multi-institution Asia-related activity within the System. From that position he organized the first of the USG-sponsored faculty development seminars in 1994. He subsequently coordinated five other faculty development seminars in different parts of Asia.
Keene directed the KSU International Center (now the Institute for Global Initiatives) from 1988-2003. In 1997 he chaired the International Education Strategic Planning Task Force of the University System of Georgia. The task force report became the basis for the current organization of international education in the USG.
From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Keene has served as President of the local AAUP chapter and has been active in shared governance on campus. In 2006 he was named founding chair of the Kennesaw State University Athletics Board, and continues to serve in that capacity. He served as interim chair of the Department of History and Philosophy from 2009-2011. In 2007 he received the KSU Foundation’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award.
Keene teaches upper level courses in the History of Science, South Asian history, and, beginning spring 2012, Environmental History.