More About the Author
Paul Starrs is a fieldworker, a family guy, and a storyteller intrigued by landscapes and their human occupants. At the University of Nevada, Paul is Regents & Foundation Professor of Geography, and co-founder of the Black Rock Institute. A child of diplomats and born in Bordeaux, France, Paul grew up abroad. He returned to the American West in 1975, and attended Deep Springs College in eastern California. Completing a BA at UC San Diego, he earned a PhD in Geography at UC Berkeley and began teaching at the University of Nevada.
In his investigations and research, he's worked with ranchers and activists throughout the West, with hunters and swineherds, bullfighters and cork-oak harvesters in Spain and Portugal, consulted with miners in Nevada and Utah and California, with railroad owners in Omaha, with film directors, conservationists, museum curators, and literary critics. An able teacher, he has received all of the University of Nevada's teaching awards, and numerous system-wide and national honors. The author of over 100 articles, reviews, and essays, Paul Starrs has so far written and published three books: Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West (Johns Hopkins, 1997), Black Rock, about an isolated but memorable region in northwestern Nevada (in paperback, now, with Peter Goin, Black Rock Institute Press), and, also with Peter Goin, A Field Guide to California Agriculture (University of California Press, 2010, 508 pages), the lead book in a two-volume series on the significance of California agriculture in the world scene (the second being The Nature of Agriculture in California: An Introduction). A raconteur by nature, Paul's enduring ambition is to stay in motion, and while he works on projects, more or less simultaneously, he works with a steady stream of graduate students with fascinating projects and talents.