Keith Lockitch

Fellow and Vice President of Educational Programs
Ayn Rand Institute


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

Keith Lockitch is the vice president of educational programs and a 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.

Career Roles

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

Articles & Essays

“Darwin and the Discovery of Evolution” Spring 2008

Talks & Lectures

“The Real Goal of the Green Climate Crusade”

“Charles Darwin: More than ‘Just a Theorist’”


“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

Audio & Video

“Darwin and the Discovery of Evolution” March 13, 2008

“Creationism in Camouflage: The ‘Intelligent Design’ Deception” November 17, 2005


“Earth Day Pop Quiz: What Is the ‘Most Ethical Meat’?” April 22, 2014

“Time to Read Ayn Rand?” October 19, 2012

“Will FDA Choke Off Promising Adult Stem Cell Research?” August 10, 2012

“The Real Meaning of Earth Hour” March 23, 2009

“No ‘Footprint,’ No Life” January 09, 2009


“Is Greed Good?” April 09, 2014

“Are Americans Burned Out From Green Guilt Mongering?” March 17, 2014

“Solar Bird Killer” March 10, 2014

“FDA Versus Stem Cell Therapies” March 23, 2012

“Green Central Planning — Our Hydrogen Future?” January 13, 2010

“Greens Against Green Energy — Follow-Up” January 07, 2010


OAC Core Course

OAC Advanced Education Program

ARI Campus: The Fountainhead

ARI Campus: Anthem

ARI Campus: Ayn Rand, the Radical Thinker

ARI Internship: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged

An Introduction to Ayn Rand’s Philosophy: Objectivism

Writing Objectively

Global Warming: The Science, Politics and Philosophy