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Robin Kirk, Professor of the Practice

Robin Kirk
Office Location:  114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse B183, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 641-0635
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Office Hours:   Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 pm or by appointment

Curriculum Vitae
  • M.F.A. Vermont College 2014
  • B.A. The University of Chicago 1982

South America
Politics of Memory

Research Interests:

Kirk is the author of three books, including More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (PublicAffairs) and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (University of Massachusetts Press). She is the coeditor of The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University) and helps edit Duke University Press’s World Readers series. Her essay on Colombia and human rights appears in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context: Colombia, Sierra Leone, and Northern Ireland (Syracuse Studies on Peace and Conflict Resolution, May 2009), edited by Eileen F. Babbitt and Ellen Lutz. An award-winning poet, Kirk also won the 2005 Glamour magazine non-fiction contest with her essay on the death penalty, available in the November 2005 issue. In the Fall of 2006, she was a Fulbright lecturer at the Human Rights Center at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey. In 2005-2006, she was a consultant to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first-ever truth commission within the United States. Kirk authored, co-authored and edited over twelve reports for Human Rights Watch, all available on-line. In the 1980s, Kirk reported for U.S. media from Peru, where she covered the war between the government and the Shining Path. During that time, she also prepared reports for the U.S. Committee on Refugees, including the first report ever on the plight of Peru’s internally displaced people. Kirk is a former Radcliffe Bunting Fellow and is a past winner of the Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award for Freelance Writing. Kirk directs DukeEngage’s Duke in Belfast program. She is the associate director of Duke’s International Comparative Studies program.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kirk, R. The Mother's Wheel Book Three of the Bond Trilogy. September, 2022. 300 pages pp.  [abs]
  2. Kirk, R. The Hive Queen Book Two of the Bond Trilogy. June, 2022. 326 pages pp.  [abs]
  3. Kirk, R. Righting Wrongs 20 Human Rights Heroes Around the World. Chicago Review Press, June, 2022. 240 pages pp.  [abs]
  4. Kirk, R. "Reflections on a silent soldier." American Scholar  vol. 88 no. 4 (September, 2019): 30-40.
  5. Kirk, R. "When the shooting stops: How transitional justice turns knowledge into acknowledgment." World Policy Journal  vol. 33 no. 3 (September, 2016): 39-44. [doi]  [abs]
I blog and Twitter through “Talking Rights” ( I have written journal, magazine and newspaper articles as well as opinion pieces on Latin America, U.S. immigration policy, urban and suburban life, Latinos in the U.S., human rights, international humanitarian law, drug policy, urbanization, the environment and women. My articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the National Catholic Reporter, the American Scholar, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Times, the London-based Observer, and the Raleigh News and Observer. I have appeared on the CBS Evening News, Sixty Minutes, All Things Considered, the BBC and Bill Moyers’ Now.

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