Paul Starr (born May 12, 1949) is a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. He is also the co-editor (with Robert Kuttner) and co-founder (with Kuttner and Robert Reich) of The American Prospect, a notable liberal magazine created in 1990. In 1994, he founded the Electronic Policy Network, or Moving Ideas, an online public policy resource. In 1993, Starr was the senior advisor for President Bill Clinton's proposed health care reform plan. He is also the president of the Sandra Starr Foundation.
At Princeton University, Starr holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School.
His book The Social Transformation of American Medicine won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction as well as the Bancroft Prize. His recent book The Creation of the Media received the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize.
Starr holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey and is married to Ann Baynes Coiro. He has four children and three stepchildren.
- Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (Yale University Press, 2011).
- Freedom's Power: The True Force of Liberalism (Basic Books, 2007).
- The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications (Basic Books, 2004). Goldsmith Book Prize.
- The Logic of Health Care Reform, rev. and enlarged edition (Penguin, 1994); orig. ed. (Grand Rounds Press, 1992).
- The Politics of Numbers: The Population of the United States in the 1980s (Russell Sage, 1987), edited with William Alonso.
- The Social Transformation of American Medicine (Basic Books, 1982 [actually published in January 1983]). 1984 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction; Bancroft Prize in American History, C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Social Problems, and James Hamilton Prize of the American College of Health Care Executives.
- The Discarded Army: Veterans After Vietnam (Charterhouse, 1974), assisted by James Henry and Raymond Bonner. Introduction by Ralph Nader.
- The University Crisis Reader, 2 vols., edited with Immanuel Wallerstein (Random House, 1971).
- Up Against the Ivy Wall, with Jerry Avorn and others (Atheneum, 1968).