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Paul Starr

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Photo: November 2018 (Abigail Starr)

Recent and forthcoming books: Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies (Yale University Press, 2019). Read the Introduction (5 minutes).

Defining the Age: Daniel Bell, His Time and Ours, edited with Julian Zelizer (Columbia University Press, December 2021).

Recent articles

  • "Can Our Legal System Bring Donald Trump to Justice?"< i>The American Prospect, July 1, 2021.
  • "The Relational Public," Sociological Theory (June 2021), 1-24.
  • "Reckoning with National Failure: The Case of Covid," Liberties (Spring 2021), 1(3): 72-95.
  • "The Flooded Zone: How We Became More Vulnerable to Disinformation in the Digital Era," in W. Lance Bennett and Steven Livingston, eds., The Age of Disinformation (Cambridge University Press [Social Science Research Council], 2020).
  • "The Precarious Greatness of the Biden Strategy," The American Prospect, March 19, 2021.
  • "The Pandemic's Horrifying Climax," The American Prospect(November-December 2020).
  • "Using Controlled Trials to Resolve Key Unknowns About Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic" Journal of the American Medical Association, May 28, 2020.
  • How Neoliberal Policy Shaped the Internet--and What to Do About It Now," The American Prospect (Fall 2019), 48-54.
  • "The Battle for the Suburbs," New York Review of Books, September 26, 2019.

    Some older general reflections

  • "Who Are We Americans Now?" The American Prospect(Winter 2017), 19-23.
  • Center-left Liberalism," Oxford Companion to American Politics (2012).

    Critical evaluations: "Transforming American Medicine: A Twenty-Year Retrospective," Special issue, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2004). Reviews of The Creation of the Media.


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