Thomas Roach (Ph.D., CSDS 2006) is Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University. His research focuses on philosophical questions of subjectivity and community, as well as identity and difference. His dissertation, "Shared Estrangement: Foucault, Friendship, and AIDS Activism," develops the ontological and ethical implications of Michel Foucault's spare but suggestive writings on friendship to produce a new and politically viable concept-friendship as impersonal intimacy. He analyzes the value of this model for political movements such as ACT UP and the "AIDS Buddy" volunteer network as well as in cultural texts, including Hervé Guibert's fictionalized memoirs, the multimedia work of David Wojnarowicz, the sound collages of Bob Ostertag, and the video activist documentaries of Tom Joslin and Gregg Bordowitz.
He has published articles and essays on Foucault, Guibert, and Didier Eribon's Insult and the Making of the Gay Self in new formations and Theory & Event. He teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Studies in Film and Video, a senior seminar in Critical Theory, and soon to come, Sexuality and Culture.
Taken from his Bryant University faculty page here.