Green Festival Speakers

Robert Starks

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ROBERT T. STARKS, columnist and political editor of N’DIGO is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the HAROLD WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND POLICY STUDIES at Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies in Chicago.


Professor Starks teaches several courses in Inner City Studies, politics, and economic development. He is nationally regarded as an expert in analyzing African-American and African politics and has appeared on several local and national radio and television programs, including THE TODAY SHOW, NIGHTLINE, C-SPAN, CNN, CROSSFIRE, AND CHICAGO TONIGHT (WTTW TV Chicago). He is often quoted in national and local newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.


Professor Starks has also authored several articles which have been published in professional books, journals, and newspapers, including the article entitled “Harold Washington and the Politics of Reform in Chicago: 1983-87” that appeared in RACIAL POLITICS IN AMERICAN CITIES, edited by Rufus Browning, et al.


Mr. Starks, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (1986-87), is in the process of completing the first draft of a manuscript for a forthcoming book on the political life of Harold Washington. He lives in the South Shore community of Chicago with his wife Judith. They have two adult children and one grandson.