David M. Kennedy (historian)

David M. Kennedy
David Michael Kennedy

(1941-07-22) July 22, 1941 (age 80)
Awards Pulitzer Prize (2000)
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis Birth Control (1968)
Academic work
Discipline History
Sub-discipline American history
Institutions Stanford University
Doctoral students
Notable works Freedom from Fear (1999)

David Michael Kennedy (born 1941) is an American historian specializing in American history. He is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University[2] and the former Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Kennedy's scholarship is notable for its integration of economic analysis and cultural analysis with social history and political history.

Kennedy is responsible for the recent editions of the popular history textbook The American Pageant. He is also the current editor (since 1999) of the Oxford History of the United States series. This position was held previously by C. Vann Woodward. Earlier in his career, Kennedy won the Bancroft Prize for his first book Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger (1970), and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his book World War I, Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980). He was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History in 1995–1996. He won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History for Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 (1999).[3]


Born on July 22, 1941, in Seattle, Washington, Kennedy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Stanford University and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in American studies from Yale University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Kennedy is married and the father of two sons and a daughter.[citation needed]


Awards and honors

See also


  1. ^ Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth (1997). "Diplomatic History and the Meaning of Life: Toward a Global American History". Diplomatic History. 21 (4): 499–518. doi:10.1111/1467-7709.00086. ISSN 1467-7709.
  2. ^ "David M. Kennedy". Stanford University. Archived from the original on May 7, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "The 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winners: History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved January 16, 2011.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Dallek
Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth
Professor of American History

Succeeded by
Robert Middlekauff
Preceded by
Dan T. Carter
Bancroft Prize
With: Erik Barnouw and Joseph Frazier Wall
Succeeded by
Carl Neumann Degler
Preceded by
Charles Coleman Sellers
Succeeded by
Robert Middlekauff
Preceded by
Gordon S. Wood
Succeeded by
Samuel Eliot Morison
Preceded by
Edward Ball
Ambassador Book Award for American Studies
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Philbrick
Preceded by
Edwin G. Burrows
Pulitzer Prize for History
Succeeded by
Joseph Ellis
Preceded by
Mike Wallace