Teaching Team


ppl_kennedyDavid Kennedy

David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachian Professor of History at Stanford University. His scholarship is notable for its integration of economic analysis with social history and political history. Kennedy has written over ten books; his first, Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger (1970), won the John Gilmary Shea Prize in 1970 and the Bancroft Prize in 1971. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980) and won the Pulitzer in 2000 for his 1999 book  Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945. Other awards include the Francis Parkman Prize, the Ambassador’s Prize and the California Gold Medal for Literature, all of which he received in the year 2000. Kennedy was educated at Stanford and Yale. The author of many articles, he has also penned a textbook, The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, now in its thirteenth edition. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



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Rob Reich is professor of political science and, by courtesy, professor of philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education. He is the director of the Center for Ethics in Society and faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.  He is the author or editor of several books on education and liberal democracy, and his current research focuses on the relationship between philanthropy, democracy, and justice. His newest book is Philanthropy in Democratic Societies. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University’s highest award for teaching. He is a board member of GiveWell.org and the magazine Boston Review.

More details at his personal webpage: http://robreich.stanford.edu

Twitter: @robreich



Jim Steyer steyer

James Steyer has spent more than 20 years as one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children’s policy and media in the United States. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families.  Prior to founding Common Sense, Steyer was Chairman and CEO of JP Kids, a respected family media company. Before that, he served as president of Children Now, a leading national advocacy and media organization for children, which he founded in 1988. Steyer began his career as an elementary school teacher and then became a public interest lawyer. He served as a law clerk for the California Supreme Court, as a deputy district attorney, and as a civil rights attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Over the past decade, Steyer has appeared regularly on a variety of national television and radio programs, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor, and Larry King. He hosts a regular weekly segment, “Kids and the Media,” on CBS-5 TV in San Francisco, and his work has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal.

In addition to his duties at Common Sense, Steyer teaches popular courses on civil rights, civil liberties, and children’s issues at Stanford University, where he has taught for the past 19 years. During that period, he has received a number of Stanford’s highest teaching honors. Steyer is also the author of the widely acclaimed book The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children, which draws upon his extensive experience as a leading child advocate, educational media expert, and dad.


newPoliSciheadshot_hiresGlory Liu

Glory is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science with concentrations in Political Theory and American Politics.   Her research focuses on the reception and influence of the works of Adam Smith (think: the invisible hand) in American political and intellectual history.  She was a member of the Laboratory for the Study of American Values in 2014, designing and conducting original public opinion surveys on American beliefs about inequality.  Glory is a recipient of the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship, a Visiting Dissertation Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a former graduate fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society.  She is also an avid contemporary ballet dancer in the Bay Area.