Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and formerly the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke, from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988 and has taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. Her publications include two monographs---Object Lessons (2012) and American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender (1995)---and five edited collections---Who Can Speak: Identity and Critical Authority (1995), Feminism Beside Itself (1995), AIDS and the National Body (1997), The Futures of American Studies (2002), and Women's Studies on Its Own (2002). Wiegman's research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, critical race theory, and film and media studies. She was co-director of the Dartmouth Summer Institute on American Studies from 1998-2004 and director of Women's Studies at UC-Irvine from 1997-2000. She is currently completing a collection of essays on academic feminism titled Without Guarantee and preparing two new monographic projects: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, on key debates in feminist and queer theory. In 2013 she received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Graduate School at Duke University.
University of Washington,
Women's Studies Certificate,
Awards, Honors and Distinctions
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Top 5%, Office of Assessment, Duke University,
Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in GL/Q Studies, MLA, Honorable Mention,
"“Eve’s Triangles: Queer Studies Beside Itself”."
Reading Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Gender, Sexuality, Embodiment.
Ed. Michael O'Rourke.
"Without Guarantee: Essays on Feminism's Academic Pursuits."
(partially completed manuscript; in conversation with Women's Studies series editor at University of Illinois Press)
(New project; applied for ACLS funding to work on it)
"Eve, At a Distance."
Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary On Line Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences