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, and Zwinger, L. "Tonya’s Bad Boot, or Go Figure." If Looks Could Chill: Feminist Responses to Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Ed. C Baughman. Routledge Press, 1995. 103-121. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Economies of the Body: Gendered Sites in Robinson Crusoe and Roxana." Major Literary Characters: Robinson Crusoe. Ed. H Bloom. Chelsea House, 1995. 68-73.

Wiegman, R. "Economies of the Body: Gendered Sites in Robinson Crusoe and Roxana." Reading With a Difference: Gender, Race, and Cultural Identity. Ed. A Marotti, RR Mautner Wasserman, J Dulan, and S Mathur. Wayne State University Press, 1995. 207-225.

Wiegman, R, and Elam, D. "Contingencies." Feminism Beside Itself. Ed. R Wiegman and D Elam. Routledge Press, 1995. 1-8. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Missiles and Melodrama." Seeing Through the Media: The Persian Gulf War. Ed. S Jeffords and L Rabinovitz. Rutgers University Press, March 1994. 171-187. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Mapping the Lesbian Postmodern." The Lesbian Postmodern. Ed. L Doan. Columbia University Press, 1994. 1-20. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "Melville’s Geography of Gender." Herman Melville: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. M Jehlen. Prentice-Hall, 1994. 187-198.

Wiegman, R. "Feminism, the Boyz, and Other Matters Regarding the Male." Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in Hollywood Cinema. Ed. S Cohan and IR Hark. Routledge Press, January 1993. 173-193. (Essay)

Wiegman, R. "The Anatomy of Lynching." American Sexual Politics:Sex, Gender, and Race since the Civil War. Ed. JC Fout and MS Tantillo. University of Chicago Press, 1993. 223-245.

Wiegman, R. "Black Bodies/American Commodities: Gender, Race, and the Bourgeois Ideal in Contemporary Film." Unspeakable Images: Ethnicity and the American Cinema. Ed. L Friedman. University of Illinois Press, March 1991. 308-328. (Essay)


Wiegman, R. "Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity." boundary 2 26.3 (October 1999): 115-150.

Wiegman, R. "Feminism, Institutionalism, and the Idiom of Failure." differences 11 (October 1999): 107-136. (Academic Article)

Wiegman, R. "What’s New(s) about Whiteness Studies?." Critica (March 1999): 11-20.

Wiegman, R. "The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (Lauren Berlant)." American Literature 70 (December 1998): 918-919. (Review)

Wiegman, R. "Introduction to The Futures of American Studies." Cultural Critique 40.Autumn (1998): 5-9.

Wiegman, R. "Outing Ellen." gist magazine (December 1997). (Academic Article)

Wiegman, R. "Queering the Academy." Genders: Special Issue on The Gay 90s, Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Formations in Queer Studies 26 (October 1997): 3-22.

Wiegman, R. "Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism (Walter Benn Michaels)." American Literature 69 (June 1997): 432-433. (Review)

Wiegman, R. "Feminism and Its Mal(e)contents." Masculinities 2.1 (March 1997): 1-7.