Hailing from the Central Valley of California, Keeghan is currently the Defense Policy Associate & Coordinator of Scholarly Initiatives at the Ronald Reagan Institute (RRI). His work focuses on providing content, logistical, and organizational support for RRI’s defense related work including the Task Force on 21st National Security Technology and Work Force and the Reagan National Defense Forum, the nation’s premier national security conference. He also develops and manages the Institute’s Scholarly Initiatives programming which includes the Postdoctoral Visiting Fellows Program, the Principles and Beliefs Essay Series, and the Reaganism Podcast.
Keeghan’s first joined the Institute in 2018 as Special Assistant to the Director. In addition to supporting the Director, that role required that he edit of a volume of speeches given by 10 notable public officials including Senator John McCain and former Vice President Dick Cheney. He also developed and launched the Reaganism Podcast which has grown 55,000 listens to date and has featured such notable guests as House Speaker Paul Ryan, General David Petraeus, and Rep. Liz Cheney.
Keeghan graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2018 where he studied Global Politics and completed a yearlong independent study on the causes of Saudi Arabia’s recent turn towards an activist foreign policy. Before graduating, Keeghan co-founded the Washington and Lee Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society to promote a values-based US foreign policy on campus and spent a semester abroad studying in Amman, Jordan. He is also a Public Interest Fellow, a Fund for American Studies Public Policy Fellow, and an Alexander Hamilton Society Fellow. In his free time, Keeghan enjoys playing Irish and Bluegrass music, reading, and getting outside of Washington whenever possible.