Keith McNamara

Advisor: William J. Reese

Keith McNamara


I am an American historian whose work lies at the intersection of immigration history, legal history, and the history of education. Broadly, I want to understand how educational disparities based on racial classifications and assumptions about ability shape and are shaped by legal, policy, and cultural discourses about inclusion, fairness, merit, and equal educational opportunity.

My current project investigates the relationship between courts and the changing body of social scientific literature in the post-Brown v. Board of Education era to better understand the complex relationship between changing scientific paradigms, shifting cultural values around race and intelligence, and evolving constitutional doctrines about disability and equal educational opportunity.


B.A., University of Connecticut
A.L.M., Harvard University


  • United States History

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • History of Education Society

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 412 – The History of American Education (Summer 2017, Fall 2018)