Orin Starn

Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Cultural Anthropology (2005 - 2010)

Professor Orin Starn is lauded both as a scholar and as a teacher par excellence. In his much acclaimed book Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last “Wild” Indian, he writes of the last survivor of the Yahi tribe, who became virtually a living museum exhibit in 1911. Professor Starn is the 2004 winner of the Robert B. Cox Teaching Award. He presents complex ideas with a refreshing lucidity. His students describe him with words such as brilliant, passionate, and stimulating.