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Technology, Global Governance and the Nature of Power

June 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Moderator: Paul Starr, Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School; Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs


Muoyo Okome ’05, Founder, App Magic

Julia Boorstin ’00, CNBC, Senior Media & Entertainment Reporter

Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, CEO, New America


Paul Starr
Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs. 

Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs.

 Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and Stuart Professor of communications and public affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He also serves as co-editor of The American Prospect, a liberal magazine that he co-founded in 1990 with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich.

Professor Starr’s work addresses a wide range of questions in politics, public policy and social theory. Within sociology, his current interests include institutional analysis, political sociology and the sociology of knowledge, technology and information, especially as they bear on democracy, equality and freedom. During 1993 he served as a senior health policy advisor at the White House.

Professor Starr has written three books about health care institutions and policies. “The Social Transformation of American Medicine” (1983) won the Bancroft Prize (American History), C. Wright Mills Award (Sociology) and Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction). “The Logic of Health Care Reform” (1992) laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance provided through a choice of private plans in what are now called insurance exchanges. His most recent book on health-care history and politics is “Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health-Care Reform” (2011, revised ed. 2013).

Professor Starr has also written extensively on media, the public, and liberalism. His 2004 book “The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications” received the Goldsmith Book Prize. Freedom’s Power (2007) is an account of both the philosophical and institutional development of liberalism from its classical to modern phases. He is currently working on a project on the entrenchment of power, law and social structure, as well as a book about unanticipated changes in the development of post-industrial societies.

Sandra Starr, Paul Starr’s first wife, died in 1998. Now married to Ann Baynes Coiro, he has four children and three step-children.



Muoyo Okome ’05
Founder, App Magic

A data scientist and entrepreneur with 12 million mobile app downloads and a modest exit to his name, Muoyo currently spends his days pursuing mastery of all things data science, AI and machine learning. He has served in technologist and business roles at IBM and Microsoft, authored “The 7 Steps to App Success,” hosted the “Game of Grow” podcast, and advised countless aspiring app entrepreneurs through his App Moguls accelerator. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Muoyo currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Nicaila Matthews Okome, and their newborn son.


Julia Boorstin ’00
CNBC, Senior Media & Entertainment Reporter

Julia Boorstin ’00 is CNBC’s Senior Media and Entertainment Reporter, with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. She joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter in New York before shifting to take on the retail beat and moving to Los Angeles. In 2013, Boorstin created and launched the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list highlighting the private companies transforming the economy and challenging companies in established industries. She also helped create and works on CNBC’s ‘Closing the Gap’ franchise on closing gender and diversity gaps. Boorstin joined CNBC from Fortune magazine where she was a business writer and reporter starting in 2000. During that time, she was also a weekly contributor to CNN Headline News. She was named three times to the “TJFR 30 under 30” list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She has also worked for the State Department’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history and a certificate in European Cultural Studies. She was also an editor of The Daily Princetonian. Now she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.


Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80
CEO, New America 

Anne-Marie Slaughter has been living in Princeton since 2002, wandering the campus — even under COVID lockdown — with cell phone in hand. She is likely talking to her colleagues at New America, a think and action tank dedicated to using technology, human centered design and local experimentation to solve public problems, which she has been leading since 2013. She often walks past the Woodrow Wilson School, where she served as Dean (2002-2009), and still proudly carries the title of Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs, although she is still a law professor at her core. Although she came to Princeton passionately committed to studying foreign policy and world affairs, and taught and worked in that field for some 30 years, she has actually been focused much more on domestic issues since 2013, writing on care policy, gender equality, the future of work, technology and public policy and network theory. She is currently focused on what kind of country we want to be, and how to get there, on our 250th Anniversary in 2026.


June 15, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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