Professor Keen has been involved with the Honors College since his arrival at UIC, as a fellow and as a member of the Honors Council, of which he was co-chair in 2014-15. As a member of the college strategic planning committee (2011-12), diversity committee (2013-14), and as co-chair of the 2013-14 fifth-year review of the dean, Professor Keen became familiar with every aspect of the college’s operations.
Prior to UIC, Professor Keen was Assistant and then Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, where he was also involved in the University Honors Program. A renowned historian of early-modern religious thought, Professor Keen served as executive officer of UIC’s Religious Studies program in 2014-15. He is the author of two monographs and a textbook as well as editor or translator of five other books, and he is currently completing a monograph on the uses of the idea of divine wrath in religious polemics from Martin Luther to Jonathan Edwards. He is an editor of the monograph series Catholic Christendom 1300-1700 published in the UK by Ashgate, and serves on the boards of the American Catholic Historical Association and the Society for Reformation Research as well as the finance committee (of which he was the founding chair) of the American Society of Church History.
Professor Keen received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1990 and an MA in Classics from Yale in 1980.