Rick Kennedy, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Dr. Rick Kennedy came to PLNU in 1995. An intellectual/cultural historian, he has authored books and articles on the history of logic, mathematics, architecture, astronomy, education, historiography, and Christian thought. His most recent works are on Cotton Mather, one of early America's most influential pastor-scholars, and the Christian History of Southern California. He is also a former president and secretary to the academic organization: The Conference on Faith and History. His wife is the principal of City Tree Christian School at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego, and they have four children.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara 
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara 

Courses Taught

  • World Civilizations I (Ancient to Renaissance)
  • Honors Program: Foundations to Humanities (Ancient to Medieval)
  • Ancient Historians: Herodotus to Eusebius
  • Ancient Christianity
  • Birth of Europe
  • Colonial and Revolutionary America
  • California History (Classroom venue and Sailboat venue)
  • High Thinking on Right Living from Socrates to Wendell Berry
  • Wilderness in the American Mind

California History Class - Photos

California History classes on YouTube

Photos from Class Trips to Greece

Experience in Field

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Secretary, The Conference on Faith and History
  • Elder, First Presbyterian Church of San Diego

Awards and Honors

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

"Humility as a Liberal Art"   

Humility as a Liberal Art


Christian Scholar's Review article: "Humility as a Liberal Art"

Liberal Arts: Journal of the Gaede Institute (2018): "The Gentle and Fair Ways of Information"

The New American Hagiography

Cotton Mather Interview


The Education of Richard Henry Dana Jr. in Santa Barbara