Paula S. Fass
Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emerita


  • History of education
  • Social studies

Paula S. Fass, professor of the graduate school, is Margaret Byrne professor of history emerita of the University of California, Berkeley. From 2010 to 2013, she was also distinguished scholar in residence at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Trained at Barnard College and Columbia University, she has been active in developing the field of children’s history and worked to make it an interdisciplinary field with a global perspective. Fass has written extensively about schooling in relation to ethnicity, race and gender. Her most recent books include “Reinventing Childhood After World War II” and “Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World.” She is currently completing “The End of American Childhood” to be published by Princeton University Press. Fass has an honorary doctorate from Linkoping University in Sweden and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Spencer Foundation. She was twice a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.