Robyn Wiegman

Robyn Wiegman

Professor of Literature

External address: 
Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 684-4127

Robyn Wiegman is Professor of the Programs in Literature and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and former Margaret Taylor Smith director of Women's Studies at Duke University (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 has two monographs in progress: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, on key debates in feminist and queer theory, and is curating a special issue on "autotheory" for Arizona Quarterly. In 2013 she received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Graduate School at Duke University. In 2015, she was a Fulbright visiting lecturer in Naples, Italy where she taught "Love and Sex in American Literature" at L'Orientale University. 


  • Ph.D., University of Washington 1988
  • M.F.A., Indiana University at Bloomington 1984
  • B.A., Indiana University at Bloomington 1981

Wiegman, R. Object Lessons. Duke University Press, 2012.

Wiegman, Robyn, and Donald Pease, editors. The Futures of American Studies. Duke University Press, 2002.

Wiegman, Robyn, editor. Women’s Studies on Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change. Duke University Press, 2002.

Wiegman, Robyn, editor. AIDS and the National Body: Essays by Thomas Yingling. Duke University Press, 1997.

Wiegman, R. American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender. Duke University Press, 1995.

Wiegman, Robyn, editor. Feminism Beside Itself. Routledge Press, 1995.

Wiegman, Robyn, editor. Who Can Speak? Authority and Critical Identity. University of Illinois Press, 1995.

Wiegman, R. “Review of Nicholas Mirzoeff's 'The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality'.” Melus, vol. 39, no. 2, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 253–55. Manual, doi:10.1093/melus/mlu006. Full Text

Wiegman, R. “Review of 'The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship' by Lauren Berlant.” American Literature, vol. 70, no. 4, Duke University Press, Dec. 1998, pp. 918–19.

Wiegman, R. “Review of 'Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism' by Walter Benn Michaels.” American Literature, vol. 69, no. 2, Duke University Press, June 1997, pp. 432–33.

Wiegman, R. “Review of 'Tendencies' by Eve Sedgwick and 'Bodies That Matter' by Judith Butler.” American Literature, vol. 67, no. 4, Duke University Press, Dec. 1995, pp. 893–95.

Wiegman, R. “Review of 'White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture' by Jan Nederveen Pieterse.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 18, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 1995, pp. 177–78.

Wiegman, R. “The Times We’re In: Queer Feminist Criticism and Sedgwick’s Reparative Turn (In preparation).” Reading Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Gender, Sexuality, Embodiment, edited by M. O’Rourke, Ashgate Publishers, 2016.

Wiegman, R. “When the Lesbian Postmodern Meets the Lesbian Premodern.” The Lesbian Premodern, edited by Noreen Giffney et al., Palgrave, 2011, pp. 203–12.

Wiegman, R. “Mapping the Lesbian Postmodern (excerpt).” Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader, edited by M. Eagleton, Blackwell, 2011, pp. 235–37.

Wiegman, R. “Outside American Studies: On the Unhappy Pursuits of Non-Complicity.” American Studies/Shifting Gears, edited by B. Christ and C. Kloeckner, Winter Press, 2010, pp. 39–63.

Wiegman, R. “Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity.” Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice, edited by J. Parker et al., SUNY Press, 2010, pp. 217–43.

Januzzi, J. L., and A. M. Richards. Introduction. Vol. 101, 2008. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2007.11.011. Full Text

Wiegman, R. “Romancing the Future: Internationalization as Symptom and Wish.” American Studies: An Anthology, edited by Kevin Gaines et al., Blackwell, 2008, pp. 578–87.

Wiegman, R. “Feminism, Institutionalism, and the Idiom of Failure.” Women’s Studies on the Edge, edited by J. Scott, Duke University Press, 2008, pp. 39–67.

Wiegman, R. “The Desire for Gender.” A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, edited by George Haggerty and Molly McGarry, Blackwell, 2007, pp. 217–36.

Wiegman, R. “The Anatomy of Lynching.” Schomberg Studies on the Black Experience, New York Public Library, 2006.


Wiegman, R., and I. Grewal, editors. Next Wave: New Directions in Women’s Studies. Duke University Press.

Wiegman, R. “Introduction: Autotheory theory.” Arizona Quarterly, vol. 76, no. 1, Mar. 2020, pp. 1–14. Scopus, doi:10.1353/arq.2020.0009. Full Text

Wiegman, R. “Introduction: Now, not now.” Differences, vol. 30, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 2–14. Scopus, doi:10.1215/10407391-7481162. Full Text

Wiegman, R. “In the margins with the argonauts.” Angelaki  Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 23, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 209–13. Scopus, doi:10.1080/0969725X.2018.1435403. Full Text

Wiegman, Robyn. “SEX AND NEGATIVITY; OR, WHAT QUEER THEORY HAS FOR YOU.” Cultural Critique, vol. 95, UNIV MINNESOTA PRESS, Dec. 2017, pp. 219–43.

Wiegman, R. “Wearing Out (In preparation).” English Studies in Canada, Association of Canadian College and University, 2016.

Wiegman, R. “Wearing out speculative ambitions.” English Studies in Canada, vol. 41, no. 4, Dec. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1353/esc.2015.0072. Full Text

O’Driscoll, Michael, et al. “The Forty on Forty Project.” English Studies in Canada, vol. 41, no. 4, Dec. 2015, pp. 1–22.

Wiegman, R. “Eve’s Triangles: Queer Studies Beside Itself.” Differences, edited by M. O. Rourke, vol. 26, no. 1, Duke University Press, Jan. 2015, pp. 48–73.

Wiegman, R., and E. A. Wilson. “Queer Theory Without Anti-Normativity: An Introduction.” Differences, vol. 26, no. 1, Duke University Press, Jan. 2015, pp. 1–25.

Wiegman, R. “No Guarantee: Feminism’s Academic Affect and Political Fantasy.” Atlantis, AEDEAN (Asociación española de estudios anglo-norteamericanos), 2015.


Wiegman, R. “Postmodernism.” Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, Volume I: Lesbian Histories and Cultures, Garland, 2000, pp. 602–04.

Wiegman, R. “Femininity.” A Companion to American Thought, edited by Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg, Basil Blackwell, 1995, pp. 230–32.

Wiegman, R. “Masculinity.” A Companion to American Thought, edited by Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg, Basil Blackwell, 1995, pp. 432–34.