Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Classics and History at Yale University, where he has taught for more than forty years. A former dean of Yale College, Professor Kagan earned his master’s degree in classics from Brown University and his doctoral degree in history from Ohio State University in 1958. Before coming to Yale in 1969, Kagan taught at Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University. From 1988-93, Kagan served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.


His many publications include On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace, The Peloponnesian War, and Thucydides: The Reinvention of History. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bush in 2002, and in 2005 delivered the 34th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual and public achievement in the humanities.