PhD Candidate, American Studies
Harvard University

Keidrick Roy is a PhD candidate working at the intersection of American literature, intellectual history, and political philosophy. In particular, he examines slavery, abolitionism, and media history in the transatlantic world since the eighteenth century. Keidrick is committed to supporting community discussions about the history of race in America and to analyzing our present moment within its broader historical context. His ongoing 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, and the National Football League.  

Keidrick is also committed to the work of museum curation and documentary film production to encourage public reflection and dialogue. He has served as an exhibition curator for the postbellum writings and speeches of Frederick Douglass at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, and he is currently curating an exhibition on the Nazi racial state for the Houghton Library at Harvard University, which will debut in 2022. Additionally, Keidrick is the executive producer of an upcoming 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.


Ph.D. American Studies

Harvard University
Expected 2022
Major fields of interest: American Literature, Intellectual History, Political Philosophy, Media Theory

M.A. English

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

B.S. English

United States Air Force Academy
Minors: Philosophy, Japanese

Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

The National Academies of
Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Special Commendation for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times

Harvard University

José María Castañé Visiting Fellowship in 20th-Century History

Harvard University

Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching

Harvard University

Research Grant, Center for American Political Studies

Harvard University

Graduate Prize Fellowship

Harvard University

Tillman Foundation Scholarship

Pat Tillman Foundation

Outstanding Academy Educator Award

US Air Force Academy

Research Grant, Toni Morrison Papers at Princeton University

US Air Force Academy

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

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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

PCA/ACA Endowment

Outstanding Research Award, Department of English and Fine Arts

US Air Force Academy

Outstanding Instructor Award, Introduction to Literature Course

US Air Force Academy

Distinguished New Faculty Award, Department of English and Fine Arts

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

Additional education:

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


Feel free to contact Keidrick Roy via email or on LinkedIn!