Communications and Information
Professor of sociology and public affairs, and
Stuart professor of communications and public affairs, Princeton University;
Co-founder, The American Prospect
Educational and Professional Background.
Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. At Princeton he holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow
Wilson School. He received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and Bancroft Prize in American
History for The Social Transformation of American Medicine and the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize for The Creation of the Media.
His most recent book is Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (2011).
Professor Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and public policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal
magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. He set out his interpretation of liberalism and its history in a 2007 book, Freedom's Power.
Another book by Professor Starr, The Logic of Health-Care Reform (1992, reissued in a revised and expanded edition in 1994) laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance and managed competition. During 1993 he served as a senior advisor at the White House in the formulation of the Clinton health plan.
Sandra Starr, Paul Starr's first wife, died in 1998. Now married to Ann Baynes Coiro, he has four children and three step-children.
- BA, Columbia University (1970).
- Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University
Fellow in Law, Science and Medicine, Yale Law School, 1974-75.
- Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard
- Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
- C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for
the Study of Social Problems, 1983.
- Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, 1984.
- Bancroft Prize in American History,
- James Hamilton Award, American College of
Health Care Executives, 1984
- Doctor of Humane Letters, State University
of New York, 1986.
- High School Diploma (hoonorary; didn't graduate originally), Eastchester High School, 1985.
- Goldsmith Book Prize, 2005.
- Project Director, Center for Study of
Responsive Law, 1971-72.
- Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard
- Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard
- Member, Institute for Advanced Study,
- Adviser on health policy, via Department of
Health and Human Services, to the White House, February 1,
1993-July 30, 1993
- Director, Century Institute, 1999-2003
- Department of Sociology, 124 Wallace Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544
Last modified, December 18, 2011