Kenneth White's research and teaching focuses on experimental and avant-garde film history and theory; expanded cinema, video art, moving image art, and multimedia environments; theories of media and performance; histories of science and technology; and discourses of sexuality and gender; with concentration on the Cold War to the present.
White edited the books Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable (Black Dog, 2015), and, with Annette Michelson, Michael Snow: October File (MIT Press, 2019). He is an editor of Millennium Film Journal, the bi-annual periodical of moving image art criticism, history, and theory, published by the Millennium Film Workshop. His articles and essays on Michael Snow, Carolee Schneemann, Chantal Akerman, Eadweard Muybridge, and Tony Oursler, have been published in Grey Room, Art Journal, Screen, and Public, among other periodicals and books. White is completing a history of American media art of the late Vietnam War era entitled Hyperventilation Syndrome: Media Cultures, Control Societies—ca. 1970.
Current and future courses in Binghamton's Cinema Department include History of the Electronic Image: From Haunted Media to the War on Terror, The Paranoid Style in Cinema, Black Box/White Cube: Moving Image Art In and Out of the Cinema and Museum, and War & Cinema. White has taught in liberal arts and studio-critique environments, at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Sarah Lawrence College, The New School Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, Columbia University MFA Visual Arts Program, and Parsons The New School for Design MFA Fine Arts Program.
White was educated at Syracuse University (BFA Art Media Studies 2005) and Stanford University (PhD Art History and Film Studies 2015). His dissertation "Libidinal Engineers: Three Studies in Cybernetics and Its Discontents" examined film, video, and multimedia environments, by Michael Snow, Carolee Schneemann, and Tom Sherman, in the context of Cold War media cultures. He was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 2013-2014 (Critical Studies) and 2014-2015 (Studio). He served as Faculty of Curatorial Studies in the Whitney Program before joining Binghamton's Cinema Department.