Orin Starn anthropology and the world


CompressedVenicePortraitOrin Starn is an anthropologist and writer.  Early in his career he worked for many years in Peru, and is lead editor of the popular The Peru Reader as well authoring his own book Nightwatch about Andean village organizing.  Starn, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, also wrote the award-winning Ishi’s Brain about the life and legend of the last survivor of California’s Yahi tribe.  More recently, Starn has written and taught about sports and society.  His latest book, The Passion of Tiger Woods, examines the superstar golfer’s place in American society and culture. Starn is also the co-editor of Indigenous Experience Today about the history and politics of indigenous rights organizing.  His op-ed pieces have run in the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and other outlets, and he has appeared on NPR, ESPN and many other radio and tv programs.  Starn is currently a professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, where he has won the university’s highest undergraduate teaching award.  His newest research projects focus on life in Peru and the experience of Latina housecleaners in North Carolina.  He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and two children.

***You can sign up for Orin Starn’s on-line course “Sports and Society” by clicking here.  This is the second edition of the course, which had drawn more than 45,00 students

***Click here to read the introductory essay to his new edited volume, Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology (Duke University Press, 2015)

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