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Kevin Starr

University Professor and Professor of History, and Policy, Planning, and Development

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-2595
Office: SOS 175



Ph.D. English and American Literature, Harvard University, 1/1969
M.A. English and American Literature, Harvard University, 1/1965
B.A. English, University of San Francisco, 1/1962

Postdoctoral Training

Master of Library Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1974  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Visiting Professor of History, University of California, Davis, 01/01/1985-01/01/1986  
Lecturer on Librarianship, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1978  
Adjunct Professor of English, Santa Clara University, 01/01/1977-01/01/1978  
Regents' Lecturer in Political Science, University of California, Riverside, 01/01/1977  
Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1976  
Adjunct Professor of Humanities, San Francisco State University, 01/01/1975-01/01/1976  
Visiting Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1974  
Assistant Professor of American Literature, Harvard University, 01/01/1969-01/01/1973  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

State Librarian Emeritus, Starr researches California history, history of American culture, urban history and "Americans and the California Dream" captures the enigmatic blend of dreams and hardscrabble reality that defines California. To date, Starr's books uncover how the Golden State emerged from the Gold Rush, absorbed the shocks of the Great Depression, and was transformed by the sweeping events of World War II.



Starr, K. O. Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915, Oxford University Press, 1973.
Starr, K. O. Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s, Oxford University Press, 1990.
Starr, K. O. Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California, Oxford University Press, 1996.
Starr, K. O. The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Starr, K. O. Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950, Oxford University Press, 2002.
Starr, K. O. Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003, Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Starr, K. O. California: A History, Random House (2005).

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

book, Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge (Bloomsbury Press, 2010), 2009-2010   
Book, Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963 (Oxford University Press), 01/10/2009-12/31/2009  
Book , Co-Author: Los Angeles: Portrait of a City (Taschen, 2009), 01/01/2009-12/31/2009  
Chapters in Books, The Great Cities in History (Thames & Hudson, 2009), 2008-2009   
Foreward, O, My Ancestor: The Gabrielino-Tongva People (Heyday, 2009), 2008-2009   

Honors and Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Medalist, 2006  
USC Presidential Medallion, 2005  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 1991  
Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, Society of American Historians, 1986  
Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1976-1977  
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