Professor of Literature
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. “Economies of the Body: Gendered Sites in Robinson Crusoe and Roxana.” Major Literary Characters: Robinson Crusoe, edited by H. Bloom, Chelsea House, 1995, pp. 68–73.
Wiegman, R. “Economies of the Body: Gendered Sites in Robinson Crusoe and Roxana.” Reading With a Difference: Gender, Race, and Cultural Identity, edited by A. Marotti et al., Wayne State University Press, 1995, pp. 207–25.
Wiegman, R., and Diane Elam. “Contingencies.” Feminism Beside Itself, edited by Robyn Wiegman and Diane Elam, Routledge Press, 1995, pp. 1–8.
Wiegman, R., and Lynda Zwinger. “Tonya’s Bad Boot, or Go Figure.” If Looks Could Chill: Feminist Responses to Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, edited by Cynthia Baughman, Routledge Press, 1995, pp. 103–21.
Wiegman, R. “Missiles and Melodrama.” Seeing Through the Media: The Persian Gulf War, edited by Susan Jeffords and Lauren Rabinovitz, Rutgers University Press, 1994, pp. 171–87.
Wiegman, R. “Mapping the Lesbian Postmodern.” The Lesbian Postmodern, edited by Laura Doan, Columbia University Press, 1994, pp. 1–20.
Wiegman, R. “Melville’s Geography of Gender.” Herman Melville: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by M. Jehlen, Prentice-Hall, 1994, pp. 187–98.
Wiegman, R. “Feminism, the Boyz, and Other Matters Regarding the Male.” Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in Hollywood Cinema, edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark, Routledge Press, 1993, pp. 173–93.
Wiegman, R. “The Anatomy of Lynching.” American Sexual Politics:Sex, Gender, and Race since the Civil War, edited by J. C. Fout and M. S. Tantillo, University of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 223–45.
Wiegman, R. “Black Bodies/American Commodities: Gender, Race, and the Bourgeois Ideal in Contemporary Film.” Unspeakable Images: Ethnicity and the American Cinema, edited by Lester Friedman, University of Illinois Press, 1991, pp. 308–28.
Wiegman, R. “What Ails Feminist Criticism: A Second Opinion.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 25, Dec. 1999, pp. 362–79.
Wiegman, R. “Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity.” Boundary 2, vol. 26, no. 3, Oct. 1999, pp. 115–50.
Wiegman, R. “Feminism, Institutionalism, and the Idiom of Failure.” Differences, vol. 11, Oct. 1999, pp. 107–36.
Wiegman, R. “What’s New(s) about Whiteness Studies?.” Critica, Mar. 1999, pp. 11–20.
Wiegman, R. “Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Lisa Lowe) and Where is Your Body? And Other Essays on Race, Gender and the Law (Mari Matsuda).” Signs, vol. 25, 1999, pp. 231–33.
Wiegman, R. “The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Lauren Berlant).” American Literature, vol. 70, Dec. 1998, pp. 918–19.
Wiegman, R. “Introduction to The Futures of American Studies.” Cultural Critique, vol. 40, no. Autumn, 1998, pp. 5–9.
Wiegman, R. “Outing Ellen.” Gist Magazine, Dec. 1997.
Wiegman, R. “Queering the Academy.” Genders: Special Issue on the Gay 90s, Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Formations in Queer Studies, vol. 26, Oct. 1997, pp. 3–22.
Wiegman, R. “Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism (Walter Benn Michaels).” American Literature, vol. 69, June 1997, pp. 432–33.