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. "The Possibility of Women’s Studies." Women’s Studies for the Future. Ed. EL Kennedy and A Beins. Rutgers University Press, 2005. 40-60. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "The Anatomy of Lynching (excerpt)." Short Story Criticism. Ed. J Palmisano. Thomson Gale, 2005.

Wiegman, R. "Feminism’s Broken English: A Defense of a Theoretical Humanities." Just Being Difficult: Academic Writing in the Public Arena. Ed. J Culler and K Lamb. Stanford University Press, 2003. 75-94. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "My Name is Forrest, Forrest Gump: Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity." Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality, and Transnational Media. Ed. E Shohat and R Stam. Rutgers University Press, 2003. 227-255.

Wiegman, R. "Intimate Publics: Race, Property, and Personhood." Race, Nature, and the Politics of Difference. Ed. D Moore, J Kosek, and A Pandian. Duke University Press, 2003. 296-319.

Wiegman, R. "Difference and Disciplinarity." Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age. Ed. E Elliott. Oxford University Press, January 2002. 135-156. (Essay)

Wiegman, R, and Pease, DE. "Futures." The Futures of American Studies. Ed. R Wiegman and DE Pease. Duke University Press, 2002. 1-42. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "On Location: An Introduction." Women’s Studies On Its Own. Ed. R Wiegman. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. 1-44. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Unmaking: Men and Masculinity in Feminist Theory." Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory: New Directions. Ed. JK Gardiner. Columbia University Press, 2002. 31-59. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "The Progress of Gender: Whither ‘Women’?." Women’s Studies on Its Own. Ed. R Wiegman. Duke University Press, 2002. 106-140.


Wiegman, R. "The Closet, Its Conventions, and Anti-Racist Criticism." Cultural Anthropology 28 (2013): 243-245.

Wiegman, R. "The Times We're In: Queer Feminist Criticism and the Reparative 'Turn'." Feminist Theory 15.1 (2013): 1-24.

Wiegman, R, Pease, DE, and Smelcer, J. "American Studies at a Crossroads: An Interview with Robyn Wiegman and Donald E. Pease." Ragazine January (2012). (Interview)

Wiegman, R. "Eve, At a Distance." Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary On Line Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2 (2012).

Wiegman, R. "The Ends of New Americanism." New Literary History 42.3 (2011): 385-407.

Wiegman, R. "Outside American Studies: On the Unhappy Pursuits of Non-Complicity." Rivista di Studi Americani 19.2008 (2010): 35-78.

Wiegman, R, Lubiano, W, and Hardt, M. "In the After Life of the Duke Case." Social Text 93 25 (2007): 1-16.

Wiegman, R. "Un-Remembering Monique Wittig." GLQ 13.4 (2007): 505-516.