Richard KeyserMy teaching and research interests focus on legal and environmental history. My teaching home is in the Legal Studies Program, where my classes include a two-semester sequence on American Legal History (cross-listed with History) and Law and Environment (cross-listed with Environmental Studies). For the History Department I also teach European Environmental History (cross-listed with Environmental Studies). My current projects center on customary law, early property law, and community-based woodland management in medieval France. 


  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, History, 2001.
  • M.A. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, History.
  • B.S. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Biology.

Selected Publication:

  • “Agreement Supersedes Law, and Love Judgment: Legal Flexibility and Amicable Settlement in Anglo-Norman England.” Law and History Review 30.1 (Feb., 2012): 37-88. View Article
  • “The Transformation of Traditional Woodland Management: Commercial Sylviculture in Medieval Champagne.” French Historical Studies 32 (2009): 353-84. View Article
  • “La transformation de l’échange des dons pieux: Montier-la-Celle, Champagne, 1100-1350.” Revue Historique 628 (2003): 793-816. View Article
  • “Du don au contrat: la transformation médiévale des transactions fonciers. L’exemple de Montier-la-Celle.” La Vie en Champagne, n.s. 35 (2003): 4-11.
  • “Les archives de l’abbaye de Montier-la-Celle jusqu’en 1350.” La Vie en Champagne, n.s. 1 (1995):35-41.

History Courses:

Richard Keyser

Teaching Associate


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Legals Studies Program

7131 Sewell Social Sciences

Office Hours:
Tuesday 2:30-4:00, Thursdays 2:30-4:00