Terence Keel

Terence Keel
Assistant Professor

Office Location

Room 3705 South Hall


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Black Studies and the Department of History. As an intellectual historian I study the construction of race across the history of science. My work also examines the interplay between religion and society, specifically within the context of American religious history and the history of modern science more generally. Interested in how the past informs the present I also study contemporary attitudes toward human evolutionary biology, and the ethical implications of genetic science and public health research. I teach courses in Black Studies on the following themes: “race, disease, and the environment,” “race, nature, and fitness,” African American religious history, and American intellectual history.

For more information about my work view my faculty page on the UCSB Department of History website:



Keel, Terence D., “Charles V. Roman, Racial Medicine, and the Specter of Polygenism in Progressive Era Public Health Research,” Journal for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences; under review


Keel, Terence D., “Religion, Polygenism, and the Early Science of Human Origins” History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 26, Issue 2, April 2013: 3-32


Keel, Terence D., “Religion, Race, and the Neanderthal Genome” The Immanent Frame, July 22, 2010


Keel, Terence D., “Neanderthal Genes, Religion and the Search for the Unique Identity of Modern Humans” Gene Watch Vol. 23, Issue 3, May-June 2010