Richard Keyser

Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies Program

7131 Sewell Social Sciences
1180 Observatory Dr.
rkeyser (at)
Office Hours: Tues. and Thur., 2:30 -4:00 pm (Fall 2017)

I teach primarily in UW’s Legal Studies Program, which is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that takes a broad humanistic and social scientific approach to legal topics (it is a part of the Center for Law, Society, and Justice). I am also a teaching associate in the History Department, and a faculty associate of the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, or CHE (a part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies). Trained as a historian, my teaching and research interests focus on legal and environmental history.


  • Legal Studies/History 261: American Legal History to 1860 (Syllabus, Fall 2017)
  • Legal Studies/History 262: American Legal History to the Present
  • History/Environmental Studies 328: Environmental History of Europe (Syllabus, Fall 2017)
  • Legal Studies/Environmental Studies 430: Law and Environment

Education: Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University, 2001. Curriculum Vitae.