Professor of Cultural Anthropology
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.
Starn, Orin, and Miguel La Serna. The Shining Path Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes. W. W. Norton, 2019.
Starn, Orin, editor. Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology. 2015.
Starn, O. The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal. Duke University Press, 2012.
Starn, O., 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, 2006.
Starn, O., and O. et. al. The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Revised and Expanded Editon). Duke University Press, 2005.
Starn, O. Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last "Wild" Indian. W.W. Norton, 2004.
Starn, O. Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes. Duke University Press, 1999.
Starn, O., and R. Fox. Between Resistance and Revolution: Cultural Politics and Social Movements. Rutgers University Press, 1997.
Starn, O., et al. Las Rondas Compesinas y la Derrota de Sendero Luminoso. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/UNSCH, 1996.
Starn, O. “Ishi’s Spanish Words.” Ishi in Three Centuries, edited by Karl Kroeber and Clifton Kroeber, University of Nebraska Press, 2003.
Starn, O. “Villagers at Arms: War and Counterrevolution in Peru’s Andes.” Between Revolution and Resistance, edited by Richard G. Fox and Orin Starn, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997.
Starn, O. “'I Dreamed of Foxes and Hawks': Peasant Protest, New Social Movements and the Rondas Campesinas of Norther Peru.” The Making of Social Movements in Latin America, edited by Arturo Escobar and Sonia Alvarez, Boulder: Westview Press, 1992, pp. 89–111.
Starn, O. “Transnational fiesta: Twenty years later, Wilton Martinez and Paul Gelles (2017).” Crossings, vol. 9, no. 2, Oct. 2018, pp. 295–96. Scopus, doi:10.1386/cjmc.9.2.292_5. Full Text
Starn, O. “Writing culture at 25: Special editor's introduction.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 27, no. 3, Aug. 2012, pp. 411–16. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1548-1360.2012.01150.x. Full Text
Starn, O. “Introduction to Special Issue 'Writing Culture at 25'.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 27, no. 3, 2012, pp. 411–16.
Starn, O. “Here Come The Anthros (Again): The Strange Marriage Of Anthropology And Native America.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 26, no. 2, May 2011, pp. 179–204. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1548-1360.2011.01094.x. Full Text
Starn, O. “Caddying for the dalai lama: Golf, heritage tourism, and the Pinehurst resort.” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 105, no. 2, Dec. 2006, pp. 447–63. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00382876-105-2-447. Full Text
Starn, Orin. “To Revolt against the Revolution: War and Resistance in Peru's Andes.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 10, no. 4, Wiley, Nov. 1995, pp. 547–80. Crossref, doi:10.1525/can.1995.10.4.02a00040. Full Text
Starn, Orin, et al. “Rethinking the Politics of Anthropology: The Case of the Andes [and Comments and Reply].” Current Anthropology, vol. 35, no. 1, University of Chicago Press, Feb. 1994, pp. 13–38. Crossref, doi:10.1086/204233. Full Text