Stanford Experts

David M. Kennedy

Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus


(650) 321-0894



David M. Kennedy is an expert on elections, the presidency, national security policy, foreign policy, the modern military, the American West and immigration.Professor Kennedy’s scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. This reflects his interdisciplinary training in American Studies, which combined the fields of history, literature, and economics, 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 20th 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. It won the Pulitzer Prize.