David M. Kennedy, a native of Seattle, received his undergraduate education at Stanford University, and his graduate training at Yale. He is professor of history emeritus and founding director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Graduating seniors have four times elected him Class Day speaker and he has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. His research has focused principally on 20th-Century American history. His book Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980, rev. ed., 2004) was a jury-nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (1999) won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and the University of Florence, Italy, and has lectured on American history in more than a dozen countries. His most recent book is The Modern American Military (Oxford University Press, 2013).