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Orin Starn, Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Professor of History and Bass Fellow of Cultural Anthropology

Orin Starn

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  205 Friedl, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3221
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.OrinStarn.com

Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • CULANTH 101D.001, INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHRO Synopsis
    White 107, MWF 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 101D.001)
  • CULANTH 727S.01, DISSERTATION WRITERS' WORKSHOP Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 204, Th 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • CULANTH 101.01, INTRO TO CULTURAL ANTHRO Synopsis
    White 107, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 101.01)
  • CULANTH 207.01, ANTHROPOLOGY OF SPORTS Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 204, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Education:

Ph.D.Stanford University1989
MAStanford University1985
B.A.University of Chicago1982
General StudiesUniversity of California, Berkeley1981
General StudiesHaverford College1979
Specialties:

Culture Theory
Bassett
Globalization
South America
Social Movements
Popular Culture
North America
Identity
Politics of Memory
Research Interests:

Orin Starn is Chair and 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.

Keywords:

Anthropology

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

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Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Starn, O, The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal (2012), Duke University Press, ISBN 0-8223-5210-9
  2. Starn, O, Here Come The Anthros (Again): The Strange Marriage Of Anthropology And Native America, Cultural Anthropology, vol. 26 no. 2 (2011), pp. 179-204, ISSN 0886-7356 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Starn, O, Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last "Wild" Indian (2004), W. W. Norton
  4. O. Starn, Missing the Revolution: Anthropologists and the War in Peru, Cultural Anthropology (1991)
  5. Starn, O; Cadena, MDL, Indigenous Experience Today, Translated into Spanish as "Indigeneidadas Contemporaneas: Cultura, Politca, y Globalizacion" (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2010) (2007), Berg
  6. Starn, O, Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes (1999), Duke University Press  [abs]
  7. Rockafellar, N; Starn, O, Ishi's brain, Current Anthropology, vol. 40 no. 4 (1999), pp. 413-415, ISSN 0011-3204 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  8. Starn, O; et. al., , The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Revised and Expanded Editon) (2005), Duke University Press
  9. Starn, O, To Revolt against the Revolution: War and Resistance in Peru's Andes, Cultural Anthropology, vol. 10 no. 4 (1995), pp. 547-580, ISSN 0886-7356 [doi]
  10. Starn, O; Fox, R, Between Resistance and Revolution: Cultural Politics and Social Movements (1997), Rutgers University Press  [abs]
  11. Starn, O; Harris, O; Nugent, D; Nugent, S; Orlove, BS; Reyna, SP; Smith, G, Rethinking the Politics of Anthropology: The Case of the Andes [and Comments and Reply], Current Anthropology, vol. 35 no. 1 (February, 1994), pp. 13-38, ISSN 0011-3204 [pdf], [doi]
  12. O. Starn, Engineering Internment: Anthropologists and the War Relocation Authority, American Ethnologist (1986)


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