Richard C. Keller

Position title: Robert Turell Professor and Chair


Phone: (608) 263-7378

Room 1423, Medical Sciences Center


History of European and global medicine and public health, health and the global environment.


African Studies Program, Program in Science and Technology Studies, Population Health Sciences, Center for European Studies, Global Studies Program, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Culture, History, and the Environment

Curriculum Vitae

Richard C. Keller’s C.V.


Ph.D., Rutgers University, History, 2001

M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, History, 1996

B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, History, 1992

Additional Notes

My current project is a global history of the environment, under contract with Oxford University Press, in the series “The New Oxford World History,” edited by Bonnie G. Smith and Anand Yang.


Richard C. Keller, Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Warwick Anderson, Deborah Jenson, Richard C. Keller, Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties (Duke University Press, 2011).

Richard C.Keller, Robert Dingwall, and Carine Vassy, eds., Enregistrer les morts, identifier les surmortalités Une comparaison Angleterre, États-Unis et France (Presses de l’EHESP, l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, 2010).

Richard C. Keller, Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Selected Book Sections

“Cross National Qualitative Health Research” section in Ivy Bourgeault, Robert Dingwall, and Ray de Vries, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research (SAGE Publications Ltd, 2010).

Selected Articles

Richard C. Keller, “Place Matters: Mortality, Space, and Urban Form in the 2003 Paris Heat Wave Disaster,” French Historical Studies 36:2 (2013), 299-330. Awarded the 2014 William Koren, Jr., Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies.

Vassy, Carine, and Richard Keller, “Faut-il contrôler les aspects éthiques de la recherche en sciences sociales et comment?,” Mouvements 55-56 (2008), 128-141.

Richard C. Keller, “Clinician and Revolutionary: Frantz Fanon, Biography, and the History of Colonial Medicine,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81:4 (2007), 823-841.

Richard C. Keller, “Geographies of Power, Legacies of Mistrust: Colonial Medicine in the Global Present,” Historical Geography 34 (2006), 26-48.

Richard C. Keller, “Pinel in the Maghreb: Liberation, Confinement, and Psychiatric Reform in French North Africa,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 79:3 (2005), 459-99.

Courses taught

MHB 508: Health, Disease and Healing II
MHB 553: International Health and Global Society
MHB 750: Outbreak!: Epidemics, Migration, and the Changing Contours of Global Health