Instructor Bio

Keith Lockitch is the vice president of education and a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, overseeing the production of the Institute’s intellectual content.

He is a senior instructor for ARI’s Ayn Rand University, where he has been teaching distance-learning courses on written and oral communication skills for more than fifteen years. He also teaches about Ayn Rand’s novels and ideas in a variety of settings, from high school and college classrooms to ARI Campus.

As a senior fellow, Dr. Lockitch writes, speaks and edits for ARI, serving in particular as a senior editor for New Ideal. He specializes in the application of Ayn Rand’s philosophy to scientific topics, in particular to environmental issues such as energy and climate. His writings have appeared in such publications as The Daily Caller, Washington TimesOrange County RegisterPittsburgh Tribune-Review, Canberra Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the science policy journal Energy and Environment. He is also a contributor to Why Businessmen Need Philosophy: The Capitalist’s Guide to the Ideas Behind Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.

Dr. Lockitch received his PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and prior to joining ARI he conducted postdoctoral research in relativistic astrophysics.

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  • Ayn Rand’s novels & ideas
  • Environmental issues
  • Evolution vs. creationism
  • Scientific & technological progress
  • Energy & industrialization
  • Objectivism
  • Science vs. religion
  • Science & industrialization
  • Culture & society

Courses Taught


Vice President

  • Content
    Ayn Rand Institute
    2018 – present
  • Educational Programs
    Ayn Rand Institute
    2016 – 2018


  • Ayn Rand University
    ARI Internship Program
    ARI Campus
    2003 – present


  • Rand's works and ideas; Environmental issues
    Ayn Rand Institute
    2003 – present


  • Advanced Training
    Ayn Rand Institute
    2013 – 2015

Selected Work

Audio And Video

  • “Darwin and the Discovery of Evolution,” March 13, 2008
  • “Creationism in Camouflage: The ‘Intelligent Design’ Deception,” November 17, 2005

Blog Posts



  • “The Sacred Self: Ayn Rand on Abortion, Foreign Policy and Environmentalism”; Invited talk, The Undercurrent Student Conference, Washington, D.C., October 11 – 12, 2014
  • “Free Market Approaches to Climate Policy”; Invited Panel Presentation, The Federalist Society, Stanford University, April 18, 2012
  • “Authors Meet Critics: Select Essays from Why Businessmen Need Philosophy, by Debi Ghate and Richard E. Ralston (eds.)”;Association of Private Enterprise Educators conference, Nassau, The Bahamas, April 10 – 12, 2011
  • “The Roots of Climate Alarmism”; Panel presentation, 4th International Conference on Climate Change, Heartland Institute, Chicago, IL, 2010
  • “Climate Vulnerability and Industrial Capitalism: Why There Is No Climate Crisis”; Panel presentation, EUEC Energy and Environment Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2010
  • “A Critique of Climate Change Science and Policy,” April 13, 2009


Talks & Lectures