• Title Chair, Department of Journalism
  • Additional Titles Professor, Journalism
  • Office 640 Commonwealth Ave., Room 131
  • Phone (617) 353-3484
  • Education B.A., Indiana University
    M.A., Indiana University
    PhD., The University of Oklahoma

William McKeen is the author of eight books and the editor of four more, including Outlaw Journalist (W.W. Norton, 2008), a biography of Hunter S. Thompson; Mile Marker Zero (Crown, 2011), a non-fiction narrative about Key West; Everybody Had an Ocean (Chicago Review Press, 2017), a nonfiction narrative about the intersection of music and crime in Los Angeles during the 1960s.; Highway 61 (W.W. Norton, 2003), a memoir of a 6,000-mile road trip with his teenage son; and two anthologies, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay (W. W. Norton, 2000) and Literary Journalism: A Reader (Wadsworth, 2000).McKeen also produced an anthology about Florida, where he spent most of his life. Homegrown in Florida (University Press of Florida, 2012) celebrates childhood in the Sunshine State. In addition to writing two stories in the collection, McKeen gathered contributions from Carl Hiaasen, Michael Connelly, Kristin Harmel, Fabiola Santiago and Tom Petty.
He also published earlier scholarly books on Tom Wolfe, the Beatles, Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Dylan.
Before beginning his teaching career, he worked for several newspapers and magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, The American Spectator, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post and The Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times.
His writing has appeared in Holiday, American History, Maxim, the Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Fast Company, and many other newspapers and magazines. He has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The CBS Evening News” and many other news programs.
His major teaching areas are literary journalism, history of journalism, reporting, feature writing and history of rock’n’roll.

Twitter: @wmckeen


Departments/Site Areas
Journalism and Research
Degree Programs
MS in Journalism