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, sports and society, and the history of anthropology.
Starn is the author of Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last Wild Indian and co-author of The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes with Miguel La Serna; his other books include The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal, Nightwatch: The Politics of Protest in the Andes, and he is co-editor of The Peru Reader, Between Resistance and Revolution, and Indigenous Experience Today. Starn has chaired the Duke Cultural Anthropology department, directed the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and been the faculty director of the Duke Human Rights Center. Starn won Duke University’s Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004 and was awarded the Sally Dalton Robinson Distinguished Professorship in 2005.