1968 – Kennedy earned his Ph.D. in American studies from Yale, after completing an undergraduate degree at Stanford University.
1967 – He returned to Stanford, where he is now the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History.
1981 – Kennedy’s book "Over Here: The First World War and American Society" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
1984 – Kennedy served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in the history category.
1970 – His book "Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger" explored the medical, legal, political and religious dimensions of birth control and helped to pioneer the emerging field of women’s history.
1997 – Kennedy has been the U.S. delegate to Oxford University Press, and was a U.S. International Communications Agency Lecturer in Italy, Denmark, Finland,Turkey, Ireland and Germany.
2000 – Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize in April for his book "Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945".
2002 – Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and professor, was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.