Dick Startz is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While his academic interests focus on econometrics, macroeconomics, finance, and the economics of race, Profit is not his first venture into public policy; several years worth of his biweekly op-ed column in Washington State can be found at http://uwnews.org/sites/startz/default.aspx.
Startz received his BA from Yale University in 1974 and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978. He began his academic career at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting faculty member at UC San Diego, Stanford Business School, and Princeton University. Professor Startz has taught at the University of Washington from 1984 to 2011 and served as Chair of the Economics Department and as a divisional dean. He is coauthor of the textbook Macroeconomics and author of three books on computing. Recent professional activities include a term on the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), where he was instrumental in creating the AEA/NSF Summer Economic Fellowship program to advance the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in economics.
Startz is married to Professor Shelly Lundberg, also of the University of California, Santa Barbara Economics Department. Their two daughters, Meredith and Glynis, are graduates of the Seattle public school system.
More information at http://www.econ.ucsb.edu/people/faculty_directory.html?f=dick_startz.