UntitledRobin Kirk is the Faculty Co-Director of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project, an initiative of the center that seeks to use the legacy of this Durham daughter to examine the region’s past of slavery, segregation and continuing economic inequality. An author and human rights advocate, Kirk directs the Human Rights Certificate, which allows undergraduates to pursue a concentration in Human Rights with any major. Her fantasy trilogy, The Bond, The Hive Queen, and The Mother’s Wheel, looks at human rights in an alt-world setting. In addition, she has published two non-fiction books, including More Terrible Than Death: Massacres, Drugs and America’s War in Colombia (Public Affairs) and The Monkey’s Paw: New Chronicles from Peru (University of Massachusetts Press). She co-edits of The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University) and Duke University Press’s World Readers series.

With Prof. Charmaine McKissick-Melton, Kirk co-chaired the Durham City-County Committee on Confederate Monuments and Memorials in 2018-2019, which held a community-wide conversation on memorials and future arts planning. Kirk was also the co-chair of the 2019 North Carolina Committee of Inquiry on Torture, a citizen-led effort to document the state’s role in extraordinary rendition and promote accountability for torture.

An essayist and award-winning poet, Kirk has published widely on issues as diverse as the Andes, torture, the politics of memory, family life and pop culture. Her essay on Belfast, “City of Walls,” is included in the Best American Travel Writing anthology of 2012 (Mariner Books). In the Fall of 2006, she was a Fulbright lecturer at the Human Rights Center at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey. Kirk authored, co-authored and edited over twelve reports for Human Rights Watch, all available on-line. In the 1980s, Kirk reported for U.S. media from Peru, where she covered the war between the government and the Shining Path. She continues to write for US media, and has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Sojourners, The American Scholar, the Raleigh News and Observer, the Boston Globe and other newspapers. She is a lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology.

Sample Syllabus:
CULANTH 104D: Introduction to Human Rights