Doris Kearns Goodwin is best known for her speeches on what we can learn of the former presidents of the U.S. presidency. Brooklyn born Goodwin attended Colby College in Maine and graduated with a Latin honors in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1964, Kearns received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for doctoral studies. In 1968, she gained a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
In 1995, Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefront During World War II. She also received a L.H.D. honors from Bates College and was also awarded a doctorate with honors from Westfield State College.