Orin Starn
  • Orin Starn

  • Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 214 Ernestine Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90091
  • Phone: (919) 684-3221
  • Fax: (919) 681-8483
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  • Research Description

    Orin Starn is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History. He has wide-ranging interests including Latin America, Native North America, social movements and indigenous politics, the history of anthropology, activist anthropology, and, more recently, sports and society. His newest book, "The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal," examines the superstar golfer's place in American society and culture. Starn is also the author of the award-winning "Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last 'Wild' Indian," a chronicle of the life and legend of the last survivor of California's Yahi tribe. Earlier in his career, Starn worked for many years in Andean South America, mostly Peru. His "Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes" recounts the history of one of Peru's major 20th century rural movements. Starn is also lead editor of the "The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics" and edits Duke's very successful World Readers Series. In 2005, he won Duke's highest undergraduate teaching award and was awarded the Sally Dalton Robinson Professorship in Cultural Anthropology. Starn is also the co-editor of "Indigenous Experience Today" and "Between Resistance and Revolution: Cultural Politics and SocialProtest" together with three books in Spanish. Starn's essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education and many other newspapers, and his work cited in the New York Times, USA Today, and other newspapers. He has also appeared on NPR, ESPN and numerous other radio and tv programs. Starn has served as the Director of Duke's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke Human Rights Centers, and chaired the Editorial Advisory Board of Duke University Press. He maintains a blog about golf, sports, and society at www.golfpolitics.blogspot.com). He is beginning research for new books on Peru and on the experience of Latina housecleaners in North Carolina.
  • Selected Publications

      • O. Starn.
      • (2004).
      • Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last "Wild" Indian.
      • W.W. Norton.
      • O. Starn and M. de la Cadena.
      • (2007).
      • Indigenous Experience Today, Translated into Spanish as "Indigeneidadas Contemporaneas: Cultura, Politca, y Globalizacion" (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2010).
      • Berg.
      • O. Starn.
      • (1999).
      • Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes.
      • Duke University Press.
      Publication Description

      http://www.dukeupress.edu/

      • O. Starn et al..
      • (2005).
      • The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Revised and Expanded Editon).
      • Duke University Press.
      • O. Starn and R. Fox.
      • (1997).
      • Between Resistance and Revolution: Cultural Politics and Social Movements.
      • Rutgers University Press.
      Publication Description

      http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/

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  • Specialties

    • Culture Theory
    • Globalization
    • South America
    • Social Movements
    • Popular Culture
    • North America
    • Identity
    • Politics of Memory
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Anthropology,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1989
      • MA,
      • Anthropology,
      • Stanford University,
      • 1985
      • BA, University and Departmental Honors,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 1982
      • General Studies,
      • University of California, Berkeley,
      • 1981
      • General Studies,
      • Haverford College,
      • 1979
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Bass Chair,
      • Duke University,
      • September 2005
      • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research,
      • 2005
      • Best Books of 2004,
      • San Francisco Chronicle,
      • December 2004
      • Co-Convenor, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Seminar,
      • 2004-2005
      • Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award,
      • Duke University,
      • May 2004
      • Editor's Choice,
      • Archaeology Magazine,
      • April 2004
      • Full fellowship for academic year,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • 2001-2002
      • John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Seminar Fellow,
      • 2000
      • Latin America and the Caribbean Fellowship,
      • Social Science Research Council,
      • 1996
      • Postdoctoral fellowship for research in Peru,
      • American Council of Learned Societies,
      • 1991
      • Fulbright Fellowship (declined),
      • 1990-1991
      • Postdoctoral Fellowship,
      • Wenner-Gren Foundation,
      • 1990
      • MacArthur Fellowship,
      • 1988
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