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. "Tendencies (Eve Sedgwick) and Bodies That Matter (Judith Butler)." American Literature 67 (December 1995): 893-895. (Review)
Wiegman, R. "On Sex and Discipline." Surfaces 5 (November 1995).
Wiegman, R. "White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture (Jan Nederveen Pieterse)." Ethnic and Racial Studies (1995): 177-178. (Review)
Wiegman, R. "The Anatomy of Lynching." Journal of the History of Sexuality: Special Issue on African American Sexuality 3.3 (January 1993): 445-467.
Wiegman, R. "Toward a Political Economy of Race and Gender." Bucknell Review: Special Issue on Turning the Century, Feminist Criticism in the 1990s (1992): 47-67.
Wiegman, R. "Melville’s Geography of Gender." American Literary History 1.4 (December 1989): 735-753.
WIEGMAN, R. "Economies of the Body: Gendered Sites in 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Roxana'." Criticism 31.1 (1989): 33-51.
Wiegman, R. "Writing the Male Body: Naked Patriarchy and Whitmanian Democracy." Literature and Psychology 33 (March 1987): 16-26.
Wiegman, R. "Negotiating AMERICA: Gender, Race and the Ideology of the Interracial Male Bond." Cultural Critique 13: 89-117.