David Kennedy received the Pulitzer Prize in 1999.

David M. Kennedy

Faculty Director Emeritus
2002 - 2013
Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus
Office: (650) 721-3186
Fax: (650) 725-0597

Ph.D. Yale University, 1968, American Studies; M.A. Yale University, 1964, American Studies, B.A. Stanford University, 1963, History

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus. Professor Kennedy received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1999 for Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War. He received an A.B. in History from Stanford University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Reflecting his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which combined the fields of history, literature, and economics, Professor Kennedy's scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. His 1970 book, Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, embraced the medical, legal, political, and religious dimensions of the subject and helped to pioneer the emerging field of women's history. Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980) used the history of American involvement in World War I to analyze the American political system, economy, and culture in the early twentieth century. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War (1999) recounts the history of the United States in the two great crises of the Great Depression and World War II.


Pulitzer Prize, Francis Parkman Prize, Ambassador's Prize, and California Gold Medal for Literature, (all for Freedom from Fear), 2000

Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching, Stanford, 1988

George Washington Eggleston Prize (for best dissertation in History, Yale University), 1968

John Gilmary Shea Prize (for Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger), 1970

Bancroft Prize (for Birth Control in America), 1971

American Council of Learned Societies, Fellow, 1971-72

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Peace Fellow, 1971-1972

Class Day Speaker, Stanford, 1974, 1982, 1998, 2004

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 1975-1976

Pulitzer Prize Finalist, History (for Over Here: The First World War and American Society), 1981

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Fellow, 1986-1987

Richard W. Lyman Award for Faculty Service, 1988

Stanford Humanities Center, Fellow, 1989-1990

Doctor of Letters (Hon.), La Trobe University, 2001

Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2005


Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow, American Philosophical Society

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Society of American Historians


HISTORY 299S: Undergraduate Directed Research and Writing

HISTORY 399W: Graduate Directed Reading