Bio


Kathleen Tarr is a University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School graduate, Lecturer at Stanford University in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Writing Specialist for Stanford's Public Policy Program, former Skadden Fellow (“legal Peace Corps”), and Series Editor for Cultural Weekly’s "Woman’s Work: Setting the Agenda for Gender Equity." During law school, Kathleen assisted in the authorship of Japan’s first university-level sexual harassment policy, and as a Skadden Fellow, she developed some of the U.S.’s first public interest outreach programs to disabled female military veterans. Kathleen has authored several publications including "Above and Beyond: Veterans Disabled by Military Service" (1997) which was cited by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Theatre Bay Area's "White Paper on Achieving a Safe and Inclusive Bay Area Theatre-Making Environment" (2018), and "Bias and the Business of Show: Employment Discrimination in the 'Entertainment' Industry" which was touted by filmmaker, screenwriter, and activist Maria Giese as the most important document published on the issue of discriminatory hiring practices in Hollywood in 2016.

"Bias and the Business of Show" evolved from Kathleen’s General Session presentation with special guests Amy Pietz and Edward James Olmos at the 2015 State Bar of California Annual Meeting and is companion to her annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards at Stanford University. 2019 marks the fifth Getting Played symposium, named after Kathleen's documentary on (un)equal employment opportunities in the entertainment industry which received Honorable Mention in the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival. Kathleen has produced two other films that were official selections in film festivals: her short animation "I Have All The Feelings" (2014 International Black Women's Film Festival) and her short sci-fi film "Early Aliens" (2015 ASTRONOMMO: Speculative Fiction on Film + Black Women).

Overlapping these myriad careers, Kathleen’s acting credits encompass stage, film, commercials, television, and video games including "House M.D.", Sundance award winner "Dopamine", and "Sim City". She is also a Women’s American Football League draftee and 26 time indoor rowing world record holder.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Administrative Appointments


  • Writing Specialist, Public Policy Program (2018 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • Nominee, 2018 State of the Arts "Arts Enabler Award", Arts for a Better Bay Area (March 2018)
  • Nominee, Walter J. Gores Faculty Achievement Award, Stanford University (2017, 2018)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


SPECIALIZATION: Jurisprudence; Limits of Human Intelligence; Strategic Planning in International Relations and Governments; Global Economy; and Equal Employment Opportunity in the Entertainment Industry

All Publications


  • Women's Media Summit White Paper on Gender Inequality in Film and Television Carter, M. A., Giese, M., Heldman, C., Tarr, K. A., Walker, C. K. Women's Media Action Coalition. 2017
  • Bias and the Business of Show: Employment Discrimination in the "Entertainment" Industry University of San Francisco Law Review Forum Tarr, K. A. 2016; 51: 1-13
  • Logic and Its Discontents: Jurisprudential Tensions Between Emotion and Reason University of San Francisco Law Review Forum Tarr, K. 2015; 50: 8-12
  • Above and Beyond: Veterans Disabled by Military Service Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty Tarr, K. A. 1997; 5 (1): 39-50