Barbara Keys is a specialist in U.S. and international history, currently Director of Research in the Department of History at Durham University. She began her teaching career in 2003 after receiving her PhD in History from Harvard University. Before teaching at Durham, she taught at the University of Melbourne. Keys has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley, the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung in Berlin, and the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz.
Keys' research and teaching areas include human rights, diplomacy, international relations, U.S. foreign relations, U.S. history, and the Cold War in global perspective. Many of her publications can be found at www.barbarakeys.com. She is the recipient of the 2010 Stuart Bernath Lecture Prize, awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the University of Melbourne's 2015 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for her book Reclaiming American Virtue. She was the 2019 President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.