DR. KEIDRICK ROY

Intellectual Historian & Political Theorist
Harvard University

Keidrick Roy is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He works at the intersection of American history, literature, and political thought from the Revolutionary era to the present. Keidrick's interdisciplinary scholarship appears or is forthcoming in New Literary History, English Literary History, and American Political Thought. His public history writing is forthcoming in America: The Atlas, published by the Smithsonian & Thunder Bay Press. Additionally, his public scholarship has been featured by CBS Sunday Morning, the Harvard Gazette, the Public News Service, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Review of Books, the National Football League, and HBO.

Keidrick earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University. His dissertation, “Jefferson's Map, Douglass's Territory: The Black Reconstruction of Enlightenment in America, 1773-1865,” won Harvard's DeLancey K. Jay Prize for the best work across the University “upon any subject relating to the history or development of constitutional government and free institutions in the United States or Great Britain or any other part of the English-speaking world at any period of history.” It also won Harvard's Helen Choate Bell Prize for best dissertation on any subject in American literature.

Additionally, Keidrick has been committed to the work of museum curation and documentary film production to encourage public reflection and dialogue. At the American Writers Museum in Chicago, he was the lead curator for Dark Testament, an exhibition on display through the summer of 2023 that puts the writings of African Americans from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement in conversation with contemporary Black writers and thinkers. He has also served as an exhibition curator for Frederick Douglass's writings and speeches. At Harvard University's Houghton Library, Keidrick curated an exhibition on the Nazi racial state, which debuted in 2022. In addition, he is the executive producer of We Are Here Too, a documentary film on race and art in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

An Outstanding Academy Educator honoree as an Instructor of English at the United States Air Force Academy, an award-winning Teaching Fellow at Harvard, and a former military nuclear operations officer, Keidrick has received research support from the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Pat Tillman Foundation, and Harvard's Center for American Political Studies. He also serves as a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Education

Ph.D. American Studies

Harvard University
2022
Fields: Intellectual History, Political Theory, American Literature

M.A. English

University of Arizona
2010
Thesis: “Psychoanalysis, Liminality, and Optical Aberration: A Report on the Postmodern Urban Condition”

B.S. English

United States Air Force Academy
2009
Minors: Philosophy, Japanese

Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

Junior Fellowship, Society of Fellows

2022-2025
Harvard University

DeLancey K. Jay Prize

2022
Harvard University

Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize

2022
Harvard University

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

2020
The National Academies of
Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Special Commendation for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times

2020
Harvard University

José María Castañé Visiting Fellowship in 20th-Century History

2020
Harvard University

Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching

2019
Harvard University

Research Grant, Center for American Political Studies

2018
Harvard University

Graduate Prize Fellowship

2017
Harvard University

Tillman Foundation Scholarship

2017
Pat Tillman Foundation

Outstanding Academy Educator Award

2017
US Air Force Academy

Research Grant, Toni Morrison Papers at Princeton University

2017
US Air Force Academy

Mellon Foundation Grant for “Beyond Black and Blue: Race and the Future of Civil-Military Relations”

2017
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Marshall Fishwick Research Grant, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University Bloomington

2017
PCA/ACA Endowment

Outstanding Research Award, Department of English and Fine Arts

2016
US Air Force Academy

Outstanding Instructor Award, Introduction to Literature Course

2016
US Air Force Academy

Distinguished New Faculty Award, Department of English and Fine Arts

2015
US Air Force Academy

Teaching and Work

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Teaching Fellow/
Head Teaching Fellow
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Sections led as Teaching Fellow:

  • The U.S. Civil War from Nat Turner to Birth of a Nation (Head Teaching Fellow), Spring 2020
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Question of Conscientious Citizenship, Spring 2020
  • Race, Coloniality and Catastrophe, Fall 2019
  • Introduction to Harvard History, Fall 2019

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

Senior Instructor of English
Summer 2017

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

Instructor of English
Spring 2015 - Spring 2017

Courses taught as the instructor of record:

  • Literature, History, and Philosophy Seminar. What Hath We Wrought?: Race, Difference, and Monstrosity from Frankenstein to Native Son, Spring 2017
  • Introduction to Literature. Erasure of the Human, Spring 2017
  • Introduction to Literature. Reading Against Authority: Law, Interpretation, and the State of Exception, Fall 2016
  • Introduction to Literature. Fractured State/s: Invisibility, Alienation, and the Constitution of Action, Spring 2016
  • Introduction to Literature. Literature, Justice and Judgment, Fall 2015
  • Introduction to Composition and Research. Race, Gender, and Technology, Spring 2015, Fall 2015

United States Air Force

Nuclear Operations Officer
2010-2014

Additional education:

  • Marketing and New Media Certificate. University of California Los Angeles Extension, 2013.
  • Professional Copyediting Certificate. University of California Berkeley Extension, 2012.