Curriculum Vitae

Robin Kirk

Box 90403, Durham, NC 27708 (919) 641-0635 (office)
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Funds, Duke, January, 2013
Essayist, Best American Travel Writing for 2012, Mariner Books, October, 2012
Career Development Grant 2012, American Association of University Women, January, 2012
Co-Director, BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab, Franklin Humanities Institute, July, 2011-2014
Winner, 2010 Independent Poetry contest, The Independent Weekly (North Carolina), January, 2010
Fulbright teaching fellowship, Fulbright Commission, August, 2006
Best essay ("Murderers I have known"), Glamour Magazine, November, 2005
Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe College, January, 1995-1996

  Lectures, Seminars, and Colloquia:

Professional Service



  1. Kirk, R, Peculiar Motion (March, 2016), Finishing Line Press.
  2. R. Kirk with Orin Starn and Carlos Ivan DeGregori (coeditors), The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics, The World Readers, edited by Carlos Ivan deGregori, Robin Kirk and Orin Starn (2005), pp. 600, Duke University Press (I co-edit Duke Press’s “World Reader” series, with readers published on Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Alaska, Cuba, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica, among others.).
  3. Kirk, R, More Terrible than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (2003), pp. 336 pages, Public Affairs.
  4. Kirk, R, The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (1997), University of Massachusetts Press.

Papers Published

  1. Kirk, R, Reflections on a silent soldier, American Scholar, vol. 88 no. 4 (September, 2019), pp. 30-40.
  2. Kirk, R, When the shooting stops: How transitional justice turns knowledge into acknowledgment, World Policy Journal, vol. 33 no. 3 (September, 2016), pp. 39-44, Duke University Press.
  3. Kirk, R, No right to be silent on torture, Muslim World, vol. 103 no. 2 (April, 2013), pp. 229-235, WILEY.
  4. Kirk, R, Human Rights as a Contest of Meanings, Human Rights, Democracy, and Islamic Law, The World & Knowledges Otherwise Project, vol. 1 no. 1 (2012), pp. 1-5, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities at Duke.
  5. Kirk, R, The Body in Pain: What do people of faith have to say about torture, Sojourners (June, 2011).
  6. Kirk, R, The Lessons of Mapiripán: A response to Lesley Gill, Transforming Anthropology, vol. 13 no. 2 (Fall) (Fall, 2005), pp. 116-118, American Anthropological Association.

Articles & Book Chapters

  1. Kirk, R, The Quiet Company, in Tomorrow, edited by Henderson, K (June, 2013), Kayelle Press.
  2. Kirk, R, Letter From Belfast, in Best American Travel Writing 2012, edited by Vollman, WT (2011), pp. 231 pages, Mariner Books.
  3. Kirk, R, Colombia: Human rights in the midst of conflict, in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Context (December, 2009), pp. 23-45.

Book Reviews

  1. Kirk, R, Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: US Policymaking in Colombia by Winifred Tate, Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 89 no. 4 (2016), pp. 1271-1275, Project Muse.


  1. Kirk, R, The Dark Army, edited by Goodman, L, The Moon Magazine (2013).

Last modified: 2020/07/09