David Michael McKinney, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor Emeritus of Literature & German

Dr. David McKinney joined the PLNU faculty in 1970 and retired in 2020. He continues to practice criminal law.


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • Ph.D., German, University of Southern California
  • M.A., German, University of Southern California
  • B.A., German, California State University, Fullerton

Courses Taught

  • Elementary German I & II – GER 1001/1002
  • Intermediate German I & II – GER 2050/2051
  • U.S. Constitution and Civil Liberties Law - POL 3020
  • Masterpieces of World Literature (Renaissance to Realism) - LIT 201
  • Masterpieces of World Literature II (Realism to Present) - LIT 202
  • Masterpieces of World Literature III (Realism/Naturalism) - LIT 203
  • Great Works in a Literary Genre: Drama - LIT 206
  • World Literature – LIT 3050
  • Readings: Continental Authors - LIT438
  • The Novel - LIT 4050
  • The Human Challenge - LIT460

Experience in Field

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Guest Lecturer, Local High Schools
  • Guest Speaker, St. Katherine College Guest Lecture Series

Awards and Honors

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Fullbright Fellowship
  • USD School of Law: Law Review, Published Writer

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation:  "The Development of Lessing's Concepts of Pity and Fear"
  • Published Article:  "The Right of the Alien to be Informed of Deportation Consequences Before Entering a Plea of Guilty or Nolo Contendere"  San Diego Law Review, Volume 21
  • Published Article: "Notes from Underground: A Dostoevskian Faust"  Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 12, No. 2 (Summer 1976)  189-229