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Orin Starn, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History

Orin Starn
Office Location:  214 Ernestine Friedl Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3221
Email Address:    send me a message
Web Page:   http://www.OrinStarn.com

Teaching (Fall 2014):

  • Culanth 101.01, Intro to cultural anthro Synopsis
    White 107, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Culanth 290s.01, Current issues (topics) Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 204, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Education:
  • PhD Stanford University 1989
  • MA Stanford University 1985
  • BA, University and Departmental Honors University of Chicago 1982
  • General Studies University of California, Berkeley 1981
  • General Studies Haverford College 1979
Specialties:

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

Research Interests:

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.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. O. Starn. Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last "Wild" Indian. W.W. Norton, 2004.
  2. O. Starn and M. de la Cadena. Indigenous Experience Today, Translated into Spanish as "Indigeneidadas Contemporaneas: Cultura, Politca, y Globalizacion" (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2010). Berg, 2007.
  3. O. Starn. Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes. Duke University Press, 1999.  [abs]
  4. O. Starn et al.. The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Revised and Expanded Editon). Duke University Press, 2005.
  5. O. Starn and R. Fox. Between Resistance and Revolution: Cultural Politics and Social Movements. Rutgers University Press, 1997.  [abs]

The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal

2011

Duke University Press

Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last "Wild" Indian

2004

W.W. Norton

Indigenous Experience Today

2007

Berg Press

Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes

1999

Duke University Press

The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics

2005 (Revised and Updated Edition)

Duke University Press

Between Resistance and Revolution: Cultural Politics and Social Protest

1997

Rutgers University Press


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