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David Stebenne earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1982, a J.D. and an M.A. in 1986, and a Ph.D. in 1991, all from Columbia 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.
Professor Stebenne has written three books. The first was Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal (Oxford University Press, 1996), a study of the rise and decline of New Deal era liberalism as seen from the perspective of one of its leading figures. The second is entitled Modern Republican: Arthur Larson and the Eisenhower Years (Indiana University Press, 2006). It is a study of Arthur Larson, the chief theoretician of Eisenhower-era Republicanism. This book explains the kind of moderate conservatism that arose in response to the New Deal, and the reasons for the decline of that point of view during the 1960's, 70's and '80's. Modern Republican won the 2007 publication award of the Ohio Academy of History and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's book of the year award. Stebenne's third book, which was co-authored with Joseph R. Mitchell, is a history of Columbia, Maryland, the nationally known "new town" created by developer James Rouse. This book, which is entitled New City Upon A Hill: A History of Columbia, Maryland (The History Press, 2007), traces Columbia's story since its beginnings in the early 1960's.
Professor Stebenne has also published articles and essays on the post-World War II social contract in the U.S., the media-military relationship in American history, the role of the media in U.S. presidential elections, the history of the Gannett Center for Media Studies (co-authored with Everette E. Dennis), and the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. More recently Professor Stebenne published an article entitled "Thomas J. Watson and the Business-Government Relationship, 1933-1956," in the March 2005 issue of Enterprise and Society; and an article entitled "IBM's 'New Deal': Employment Policies of the International Business Machines Corporation, 1933-1956," in the Winter 2005 issue of the Journal of the Historical Society. He has also published essays entitled "The Problems with Early Voting," and "Administering the New Voter ID Rule Reasonably," in 2006 on the Election Law at Moritz website; and essays entitled "Is the GOP Washed Up? Hardly," and "Who Really Won the Election of 1960?" in 2009 and 2011, respectively, on the History News Network (HNN); and "Remapping American Politics: The Redistricting Revolution Fifty Years Later," in the ejournal Origins (Vol.5, Issue 5) in February 2012.
In keeping with his interdisciplinary interests, Professor Stebenne teaches courses in OSU's History Department and Law School. He is co-chair (along with Paul Beck of Political Science and Ned Foley of the Law School) of the Democracy Studies Seminar, chair of the Littleton-Griswold Prize Committee of the American Historical Association and a member of the Publication Award Committee of the Ohio Academy of History. He has won awards for his research, teaching and service. Professor Stebenne has received grants and fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the American Historical Association, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, and Ohio State's Center for Labor Research, College of Arts and Sciences, and Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He is now working on a political and legal history of the United States from the 1930's through the 1960's. In the past year Professor Stebenne presented papers at the Business History Conference, the Organization of American Historians annual meeting, and the Policy History Conference.