Paul Starr received his BA from Columbia University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard in 1978.
He is a professor of sociology and public affairs, and the Stuart professor of communications and public affairs at Princeton University. He is a co-founder of the journal The American Prospect which is a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas.
He has authored 9 books including The Creation of the Media for which he won the 2005 Goldsmith Book prize. He received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and Bancroft Prize in American History for The Social Transformation of American Medicine. He has also authored many articles ,reviews and op-ed pieces on political and social topics.
In his book The Creation of the Media he discusses how freedom of the pres, intellectual property, privacy and public access to information has affected America socially and economically.
Given his broad area of interest spanning politics to the media he is perfectly positioned to write our reading for this week Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)
Why American politics and society are about to be changed for the worse.