Orin Starn

Orin Starn

Professor of Cultural Anthropology

External address: 
205 Friedl, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091
(919) 717-7090


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, sports and society, and the history of anthropology.  His most recent book, "The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes" (W.W. Norton, 2019, with Miguel La Serna) tells the story of a brutal Peruvian guerrilla insurgency.  Starn's other books include, "The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal" (Duke University Press, 2011); "Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes" (Duke University Press, 1999); and the award-winning "Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last 'Wild' Indian." (W.W. Norton, 2004). Starn is also lead editor of the "The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics" and edits Duke University Press's 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'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 Center, and chaired the Editorial Advisory Board of Duke University Press. He is also involved in research on the experience of Latina housecleaners and construction workers in North Carolina.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1989

  • B.A., The University of Chicago 1982

Starn, O. “Algunas Palabras Finales.” Allpanchis, vol. 39, 1992, pp. 123–30.

Starn, O. “Congreso Rondero: Los Nuevos caminos de las rondas.” Quehacer, vol. 71, 1991, pp. 58–61.

Starn, O. “Noches de Rondas: Por las serranías del norte.” Quehacer, vol. 69, 1991, pp. 76–93.

Starn, O. “reply to Sady.” American Ethnologist, vol. 14, no. 3, Jan. 1987, pp. 562–63. Scopus, doi:10.1525/ae.1987.14.3.02a00110. Full Text

Starn, O. “Reply to Sady.” American Ethnologist, vol. 14, 1987, pp. 149–50.

Starn, O. “In the Magical Land of MOOCs.” American Anthropologist, vol. 114, no. 4, American Anthropological Association, pp. 7–8.