Executive Committee Member


Paul Starr

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs

phone: 609-258-4533

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect. 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 Freedom's Power: The History and Promise of Liberalism. Professor Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and both domestic and foreign policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. During 1993 he served as a senior advisor at the White House in the formulation of the Clinton health plan. He is currently working on a book about the new public and its problems. 


Freedom's Power by Paul E. Starr
(Perseus Books Group, forthcoming 2007)

"Liberalism stands not only for the principle that we all have an equal right to freedom but also for the hypothesis that this is a workable ideal—indeed, that liberalism, properly understood, can produce the power and wealth that make a free society more than a dream." —From the Introduction to Freedom's Power.

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