Kevin Starr

California historian specializing in the state’s social and political importance in America

USC University Professor
Professor of history
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • history of California
  • history of Los Angeles
  • California as an intensification of the American experience
  • the American dream
  • U.S. urban history
  • history of urban development in Southern California

Additional Information

  • State Librarian Emeritus of California
  • Author, Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003 (2004), Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940-1950 (2002), The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s (1997), Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California (1996), Material Dreams: Southern California through the 1920s (1990), Inventing the Dream: California through the Progressive Era (1985) and Americans and the American Dream 1850-1915 (1973)
  • Contributing editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Former columnist for San Francisco Examiner
  • Fellow, American Antiquarian Society; California Historical Society; Society of American Historians


  • USC University Professor Kevin Starr

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