Paul Michael Kennedy CBE, DPhil, FBA (born 1945), is a British historian specialising in international relations and grand strategy. He has published prominent books on the history of British foreign policy and Great Power struggles.
Kennedy was born in Wallsend, Tyne And Wear, and attended St. Cuthbert's Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. Subsequently, he graduated with first class honours in history from Newcastle University and obtained his doctorate from St. Antony's College, Oxford. He was a member of the History Department at the University of East Anglia between 1970 and 1983. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a former Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, United States and of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. In 2007-8, Kennedy was the Phillipe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics.
He is the J. Richardson Dilworth professor of British history at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He is also the Director of International Security Studies and along with John Lewis Gaddis and Charles Hill, teaches the Studies in Grand Strategy course there.