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David StebenneProfessor
History and Law
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B.A., Yale University, History (1982)
M.A., Columbia University, U.S. History (1986)
J.D., Columbia University, Law (1986)
Ph.D., Columbia University, History (1991)

David Stebenne is professor of history and law at The Ohio State University. He is a member of the Maryland Bar, and a specialist in modern American political and legal history. He has taught at Ohio State since 1993.

Stebenne has written two books and co-authored a third one. The first, Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal (Oxford University Press, 1996), explores the rise and decline of New Deal era liberalism from the 1930s through the 1960s.

His second book, Modern Republican: Arthur Larson and the Eisenhower Years (Indiana University Press, 2006), is a study of the rise and decline of moderately conservative ideas from the 1940s through the 1960s.

Stebenne co-authored a history of the leading suburban new town of Columbia, Maryland with Joseph Mitchell. The book was published by the History Press in 2007 with the title New City Upon A Hill: A History of Columbia, Maryland.

Stebenne is currently working on a new book project, a history of the United States from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Stebenne has published articles, essays and shorter analytical pieces in many places. In addition to writing for scholarly audiences, he contributes to publications aimed at educated general readers such as The Conversation, Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Observer, and Salon.

Stebenne appears regularly on WOSU radio's "All Sides with Ann Fisher," where he comments mostly on American presidential elections. He has also appeared on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" to discuss politics, the economy and labor issues.

Stebenne's writings deal with both modern U.S. political and legal history and contemporary American politics and law. He serves as the elections historian for the Election Law Group at Ohio State's Moritz College of Law, and is an active member of Ohio State's interdisciplinary Democracy Studies Program. He has presented his scholarly work at major national and international conferences. He gave papers most recently in March (at a conference in Stockholm on "Business and the Cold War") and June (at the Policy History Conference in Nashville).

In keeping with his interdisciplinary interests, Stebenne teaches courses in American political and constitutional history in the History Department, and on American legal history in Moritz College of Law.

He has served as chair of the Littleton-Griswold Book Prize Committee of the American Historical Association (given to the best book in American legal history) and as chair of the Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee of the Organization of American Historians (given to the best work of history written by someone employed in government).

Stebenne has received numerous grants and fellowships, and has won awards for his research, teaching and service.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
History Department page
Moritz College of Law page
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Media Links
History Department: Hillary Clinton’s Religious Background and the 2016 Presidential Election (2016)
History Department: A Third Term for the Clintons? (2016)
History Department: Stebenne Writes of Donald Trump's Religious Background (2016)
History Department: "Crisis of Conscience" latest article by Professor David Stebenne (2016)
History Department: Stebenne's Latest Article in "The Conversation", "Trump's 'America First': echoes from 1940s" (2016)
History Department: White Catholics, Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election (2016)
History Department: Moderate Religiosity topic of latest HuffPost blog by Professor Stebenne (2016)
History Department: "The Republicans' Religious Problem", by Prof. David Stebenne (2016)
History Department: "A decisive New York primary for the Clintons – again" by Professor David Stebenne (2016)
Media Relations: Election 2016: Ohio Politics (2016)
Buckeye Voices: Why Columbus should hoste the 2016 DNC (2015)
History Department: Stebenne discussed the History of Third Party Movements on All Sides (2015)
Moritz College of Law: Professor David Stebenne reflects on lessons to be learned from the 2012 presidential election (2013) 
Moritz College of Law: Professor receives teaching award (2103)
onCampus: Ask the Expert (2012)
Origins: Re-mapping American Politics: The Redistricting Revolution Fifty Years Later (2012)
College of Arts and Sciences: Curt Flood's Lawyer Dropped Ball (2011) 

Mershon Project
Democracy Studies Speaker Series (2011-12, 2012-13) 
An Era of Moderation: The United States, 1933-68 (2009-10, 2011-12)