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. "Singleton, John: Robyn Wiegman (excerpt)." Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. J Witalec. Thomson Gale, 2002.

Wiegman, R. "My Name is Forrest, Forrest Gump': Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity." The Futures of American Studies. Ed. DE Peace. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. 269-304.

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. "Race, Ethnicity, and Film." Film Studies: Critical Approaches. Ed. J Hill and P Church-Gibson. Oxford University Press, 2000. 156-166.

Wiegman, R. "Singleton, John: Robyn Wiegman." The Film Studies Reader. Ed. J Hollows, P Hutchings, and M Jancovich. Arnold, 2000. 329-337.

Wiegman, R. "On Being Married to the Institution." Strangers in the Tower: Power, Race, and Gender in Academe. Ed. SG-L Lim and M Herrera-Sobek. Modern Language Association, March 1999. 71-82. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Race, Ethnicity, and Film." The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Ed. J Hill and P Church-Gibson. Oxford University Press, January 1998. 158-168. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Fiedler and Sons." Race and the Subject of Masculinities. Ed. HZ Stecopoulos and MQ Uebel. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. 45-68. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Introduction to 'Homosexuality and Utopian Discourse in American Poetry' by Thomas Yingling." Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies. Ed. B Erkkila and J Grossman. Oxford University Press, 1996. 135-137. (Introduction)


Wiegman, R. "Heteronormativity and the Desire for Gender." Feminist Theory 7 (April 2006): 89-103.

Wiegman, R. "Dear Ian (A Response to Janet Halley)." Duke Journal of Gender, Law and Policy 11.7 (March 2004): 93-120.

Wiegman, R. "On Being in Time with Feminism." Modern Language Quarterly 65.1 (March 2004): 161-176.

Wiegman, R. "What Ails Feminist Criticism? A Second Opinion (excerpt)." Ed. J Witalec. Contemporary Literary Criticism 180 (2004): 2-12.

Wiegman, R. "Intimate Publics: Race, Property, and Personhood." American Literature: Special Issue on Literature and Science, Conceptual Forms, Conceptual Exchanges (December 2002).

Wiegman, R. "Academic Feminism Against Itself." NWSA Journal 14.2 (July 2002): 18-37.

Wiegman, R. "Object Lessons: Men, Masculinity, and the Sign of 'Women'." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26.2 (December 2001): 355-388.

Wiegman, R. "Women's Studies: Interdisciplinary Imperatives, Again." Feminist Studies 27.2 (June 2001): 514-518.

Wiegman, R. "Feminism’s Apocalyptic Futures." New Literary History 31.4 (October 2000): 805-825.

Wiegman, R. "What Ails Feminist Criticism: A Second Opinion." Critical Inquiry 25 (December 1999): 362-379.