David Holloway was born in Dublin, Ireland and educated at Cambridge University, where he received his undergraduate degree (in Modern Languages and Literature) and his PhD (in Social and Political Sciences). He taught at the University of Edinburgh for sixteen years before joining the Stanford faculty in 1986 as professor of political science. In 1996 he was appointed professor of history as well. Since coming to Stanford Holloway has served as chair of the International Relations Program, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Associate Dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and director of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Holloway’s research during the Cold War focused on East-West relations with particular reference to nuclear weapons. Since then he has devoted more attention to the international history of nuclear weapons. He has written on the history and sociology of science in the Soviet Union. He has also worked on technical and policy issues related to national security policy. His Stalin and the Bomb: the Soviet Union and Atomic Energy 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 1994) won the Vucinich and Shulman prizes of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and was selected by the New York Times as one of the 11 best books of 1994. His current research deals with the international history of nuclear weapons.