Richard Keyser

Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies Program

7131 Sewell Social Sciences
1180 Observatory Dr.
rkeyser (at)

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
  • Legal Studies/History 262: American Legal History to the Present
  • History/Environmental Studies 328: Environmental History of Europe
  • Legal Studies/Environmental Studies/History 430: Law and Environment, Honors Seminar

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