Thomas Keith received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2001 and has been teaching at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for more than 20 years in both philosophy and gender studies. Raised in Los Angeles, he worked in the music industry before becoming an academician. In 2005, Keith set out to produce his first film, Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture, which became a best-selling film for Media Education Foundation. He has since produced two films: The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men, and, The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change, which was inspired by the work of bell hooks. All three films continue to be shown to students in high school and universities around the world.
In 2017, Keith published the book Masculinities in Contemporary American Culture for Routledge Press, with his new book, The Bro Code: The Fallout of Training Men to Subordinate Women, scheduled for release later in 2019, again for Routledge Press. In 2016, Thomas Keith embarked on directing and producing the film "Bullied" as a feature documentary film that is slated to screen at film festivals around the world. Bullied tells the harrowing stories of victims of bullying, including those family members who have lost a child to suicide in the wake of horrendous episodes of bullying. It also traces the steps that can be taken to mitigate bullying and the life-changing effects of bullying.
Thomas Keith is currently set to go into post-production soon on his newest film, How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? which is drawn from the work of sociologist and social activist W.E.B. DuBois. "How Does It Feel" traces the phenomenon of othering that millions of people experience as a result of racism and xenophobia. Featuring actors Danny Glover and Ed Asner, along with Harvard historian James Loewen, Black Lives Matter's Hawk Newsome, Standing Rock Sioux Nation's Chase Iron Eyes, and music artist Jasiri X, How Does It Feel will head to film festivals in 2020.