David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He has taught courses in 20th century American history, political and social thought, foreign policy and other topics, and his scholarship integrates economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. He has written or coauthored ten books, receiving the John Gilmary Shea Prize in 1970 and the Bancroft Prize in 1971. His 1980 book on World War I, Over Here: The First World War and American Society was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2000, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for history and the Francis Parkman Prize for Freedom From Fear, his book on the Great Depression. Kennedy is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and other publications and media outlets.
Professor Kennedy has been a visiting professor and lectured on American history in a number of countries. He has served as chair of the Stanford History Department, as director of Stanford's Program in International Relations, and as associate dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. He founded Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West and was its director for ten years.
Kennedy received his B.A. in History from Stanford University and his MA and PhD in American Studies from Yale University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.