Kevin Starr received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and a Master of Library Science from U.C. Berkeley. He served as the City Librarian of San Francisco and the State Librarian of California. He was a University Professor and a Professor of History at the University of Southern California, where he served for fifteen years as a director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Starr's many articles and books, including his Americans and the California Dream series, have earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, election to the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society, the Presidential Medallion of the University of Southern California, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the National Humanities Medal.
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