David M. Kennedy

Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus.
dmk@stanford.edu
Phone: 
723-3431

At Stanford Since

1967
Ph.D., Yale University, 1968, American Studies; M.A., Yale University, 1964, American Studies; B.A., Stanford University, 1963, History

Research Interests

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.

Courses Taught

Professor Kennedy teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of the twentieth-century United States, American political and social thought, American foreign policy, American literature, and the comparative development of democracy in Europe and America.

Publications

Books

  • Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970)
  • Social Thought in America and Europe, co-editor with Paul A. Robinson (Boston, MA: Little Brown and Co., 1970)
  • Progressivism: The Critical Issues, editor (Boston, MA: Little-Brown and Co., 1971)
  • The American People in the Depression; Editor (West Haven: Pendulum Press, 1973)
  • The American People in the Age of Kennedy; Editor (West Haven: Pendulum Press, 1973)
  • Over Here: The First World War and American Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980)
  • Power and Responsibility: Case Studies in American Leadership, co-editor with Michael Parrish (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986)
  • The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, co-author with Thomas A. Bailey and Lizabeth Cohen (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Co., 6th through 13th editions, 1979- 2005)
  • The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries, co-editor with Thomas A. Bailey (Lexington, MA: 5th through 11th editions, 1983-2005)
  • Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Selected Articles

  • "Robert Latou Dickinson," in Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Four (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974), 230-232.
  • "War and the American Character," The Stanford Magazine, Vol. 3, No.1 (Spring/Summer 1975), p. 14ff; an abridged version also appeared in The Nation, Vol. 220, No. 17, May 3, 1975, p. 522ff.
  • "Overview: The Progressive Era," The Historian, Vol. 37, No.3 (May 1975), pp. 453-468.
  • "Mark Sullivan," in Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Five (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1977), 666-668.
  • "Franklin D. Roosevelt," in Henry F. Graff, ed., The Presidents: A Reference History (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1984), 509-528 (revised edition, 1996).
  • "Rallying Americans for War: 1917-1918," in James Titus, ed., The Home Front and War in the Twentieth Century: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective, Proceedings of the Tenth Military History Symposium, United States Air Force Academy, October 20-22, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1984), 47-55.
  • "Cathedrals in the Wheatfields: Stanford in Gilded Age America," in The Stanford Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Winter 1985), 46ff.
  • "Dwight D. Eisenhower as Warrior and President," in David M. Kennedy and Michael Parrish, eds., Power and Responsibility: Case Studies in American Leadership, (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986)
  • "Federalism and the Force of History," in Robert A. Goldin and William A. Schambra, eds., How Federal Is the Constitution? (Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1987)
  • "Margaret Sanger," Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Eight (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988), 567-570.
  • "World War I," in Eric Foner and John A. Garraty, eds., The Reader's Companion to American History (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991), 1170-1174.
  • "American Political Culture in a Time of Crisis: Mobilization in World War I," in Jans- Jürgen Schröder, ed., Confrontation and Cooperation: Germany and the U.S. in the Era of World War I, 1900-1924 (Providence, R.I., Berg, 1993), 213- 229.
  • "Raymond Moley," in Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Nine (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994)
  • "Samuel I. Rosenman," in Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Nine (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994)
  • "The U.S.A.," in Michael Foot and I.C.B. Dear, eds., The Oxford Companion to the Second World War (Oxford: The Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • "Culture Wars: The Sources and Uses of Enmity in American History," in Ursula Lehmkuhl, ed., Enemy Images in American History (Berghahn Books, 1998).
  • "The Legacy of the Reagan Years," in Annamaria Martellone, ed., Toward a New American Nation: Redefinition and Reconstruction, (Keele Press, 1996)
  • "Can the United States Still Afford to be a Nation of Immigrants?" The Atlantic Monthly, November 1996
  • "Victory at Sea," The Atlantic Monthly, March 1999
  • "The Dilemma of Difference in Democratic Society," in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values Vol. 24, (Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2004)
  • "What W owes to WW." The Atlantic Monthly, March, 2005.

Awards and Fellowships

  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow, American Philosophical Society
  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society of American Historians