Paul M. Kennedy, Co-director of ISS, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, is responsible for ISS programs funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, and for ISS’s pre-and post-doctoral fellowship programs. With Professor John Gaddis and Charles Hill, he co-teaches the year-long seminar on “Studies in Grand Strategy.”
A native of northern England, Professor Kennedy obtained his BA at Newcastle University and his DPhil at the University of Oxford. He is a former Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn. He holds many honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003.He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise of the Anglo-German Antagonism,The War Plans of the Great Powers, The Realities Behind Diplomacy, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century. His best-known work is The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Random House), which provoked an intense debate on its publication in 1988 and has been translated into over twenty languages. He is on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and writes for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and many foreign-language newspapers and magazines. His monthly column on current global issues is distributed worldwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media Services.
His latest book, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations, was published in 2006 by Random House. He just completed a book about mid-level problem-solvers during the Second World War, entitled Engineers of Victory. He is now preparing the revised edition of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers and beginning a study of Rudyard Kipling.