Keith Lockitch




Vice President of Educational Programs and Senior Fellow

Ayn Rand Institute

Instructor Bio

Keith Lockitch is the vice president of educational programs and a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He oversees all of the Institute’s educational programs, including its free books to teachers program, its essay contests on Rand’s novels, its campus clubs program, ARI Campus, the Objectivist Academic Center, and others.

Dr. Lockitch is a senior instructor for ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center, where he has been teaching distance-learning courses on written and oral communication skills for more than ten years. He also teaches classes on Ayn Rand’s novels and ideas in a variety of settings, from high school and college classrooms to ARI’s internship program to ARI Campus.

As an Institute fellow, Dr. Lockitch writes, speaks and serves as a senior editor for ARI. 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 Times, Orange County Register, Pittsburgh 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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Vice President

Educational Programs
Ayn Rand Institute
2016 – present


Objectivist Academic Center
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