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Speaker Biography: Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr Kevin Starr

University Professor and Professor of History at
the University of Southern California
Kevin Starr was born in San Francisco in 1962, Starr served two years as lieutenant in a tank battalion in Germany. Upon release from the service, Starr entered Harvard University where he took his MA degree in 1965 and his PhD in 1969 in American Literature.

He also holds a Master of Library Science from UC Berkeley and has done post-doctoral owrk at the Graduate Theological Union. Starr has served as Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Eliot House at Harvard, executive assistant to the Mayor of San Francisco, the City Librarian of San Francisco, a daily columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, and a contributing editor to the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times.

The author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, Starr has written and/or edited fourteen books, six of which are part of his American and the California Dream series. His writing has won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians, and the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California. His most recent book is Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003 published by Alfred A. Knopf.
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