PAULA S. FASS is Professor of the Graduate School and Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley. Trained as a social and cultural historian of the United States at Columbia University, she has over the last decade been active in developing the field of children’s history and worked to make this an interdisciplinary field with a global perspective. The author or editor of nine books, including Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, Children of a New World: Society, Culture, and Globalization; Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education; The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s, Childhood in America (with Mary Ann Mason), The Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society (three volumes). Reinventing Childhood After World War II (with Michael Grossberg, and most recently The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World. She has also written a family memoir,Inheriting the Holocaust: A Second Generation Memoir.
Among various honors and recognitions, Fass is a member of the American Philosophical Society, and has an honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Linkoping University in Sweden. She was the President of the Society of the History of Children and Youth, which she helped to found, from 2007-2009. She has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and was twice a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She also toured Italy as a Department of State lecturer, and was the Kerstin Hesselgren Professor in Sweden.