Robyn Wiegman

Robyn Wiegman

Professor of Literature

External address: 
Please Don't Publish, In the Us, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 684-4127

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 recently co-edited (with Elizabeth Wilson) a special issue of differences on "Queer Theory without Anti-Normativity" and is currently editing a dossier for Feminist Formations on Annamarie Jagose's Orgasmology.  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. 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. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. (Monograph)

Women’s Studies on Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change. Ed. R Wiegman. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. (Edited Book)

The Futures of American Studies. Ed. R Wiegman and D Pease. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. (Edited Book)

Wiegman, R. Literature and Gender: Thinking Critically Through Poetry, Fiction, and Drama (and Teacher’s Manual). New York, NY: Addison Wesley Longman, 1999. (Textbook)

AIDS and the National Body: Essays by Thomas Yingling. Ed. R Wiegman. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. (Edited Book)

Wiegman, R. American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995. (Monograph)

Feminism Beside Itself. Ed. R Wiegman. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 1995. (Edited Book)

Who Can Speak? Authority and Critical Identity. Ed. R Wiegman. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1995. (Edited Book)

Wiegman, R. Racial Sensations (In preparation).. (Monograph)

Wiegman, R. Arguments Worth (In preparation).. (Monograph)

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

Wiegman, R. "Mapping the Lesbian Postmodern (excerpt)." Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. M Eagleton. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2011. 235-237.

Wiegman, R. "When the Lesbian Postmodern Meets the Lesbian Premodern." The Lesbian Premodern. Ed. N Giffney, MM Sauer, and D Watt. Palgrave, 2011. 203-12. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Outside American Studies: On the Unhappy Pursuits of Non-Complicity." American Studies/Shifting Gears. Ed. B Christ and C Kloeckner. Heidelberg: Winter Press, 2010. 39-63.

Wiegman, R. "Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity." Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice. Ed. J Parker, M Romero, and R Samantrai. SUNY Press, 2010. 217-243.

Januzzi, JL, and Richards, AM. "Introduction." February 4, 2008. Full Text

Wiegman, R. "Romancing the Future: Internationalization as Symptom and Wish." American Studies: An Anthology. Ed. K Gaines, J Radway, B Shank, and PV Eschen. Blackwell, 2008. 578-587. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Feminism, Institutionalism, and the Idiom of Failure." Women’s Studies on the Edge. Ed. J Scott. Duke University Press, 2008. 39-67.

Wiegman, R. "The Desire for Gender." A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies. Ed. G Haggerty and M McGarry. Blackwell, 2007. 217-236. (Essay)

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


Wiegman, R. "In the margins with the argonauts." Angelaki Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 23.1 (January 2, 2018): 209-213. Full Text

Wiegman, R. "SEX AND NEGATIVITY; OR, WHAT QUEER THEORY HAS FOR YOU." Cultural Critique 95 (December 1, 2017): 219-243. (Review)

Wiegman, R. "Wearing Out (In preparation)." English Studies in Canada (2016).

Wiegman, R. "Wearing out speculative ambitions." English Studies in Canada 41.4 (December 1, 2015): 22-null. Full Text

O'Driscoll, M, Simpson, M, Michaels, WB, and Wiegman, R. "The Forty on Forty Project." ENGLISH STUDIES IN CANADA 41.4 (December 2015): 1-22.

Wiegman, R. "Eve’s Triangles: Queer Studies Beside Itself." Ed. Rourke, MO. Differences 26.1 (January 26, 2015): 48-73.

Wiegman, R, and Wilson, EA. "Queer Theory Without Anti-Normativity: An Introduction." Differences 26.1 (January 26, 2015): 1-25.

Wiegman, R, and Dean, T. "What Does Critique Want? A Critical Exchange." English Language Notes 51.2 (2014): 107-122.

Wiegman, R. "If, Suddenly." The Scholar & Feminist Online Spring.12.1-12.2 (2014).


Wiegman, R. "Postmodernism." Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, Volume I: Lesbian Histories and Cultures (2000): 602-604. (Scholarly Commentary)

Wiegman, R. "Masculinity." Ed. R Fox and J Kloppenberg. A Companion to American Thought (1995): 432-434. (Scholarly Commentary)

Wiegman, R. "Femininity." Ed. R Fox and J Kloppenberg. A Companion to American Thought (1995): 230-232. (Scholarly Commentary)