Robyn Wiegman

Robyn Wiegman

Professor of Literature

External address: 
Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 684-4127

Robyn Wiegman is Professor of the Programs in Literature and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and former Margaret Taylor Smith director of Women's Studies at Duke University (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 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, and is curating a special issue on "autotheory" for Arizona Quarterly. 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. “Destestabilizar la Academia.” Sexualidades Transgresoras:Una Antologia de Estudios Queer, translated by R. M. Merida Jimenez, Icaria Editorial, 2002, pp. 173–246.

Wiegman, R. “Bonds of (In)Difference.” The Masculinity Studies Reader, edited by R. Adams and D. Savran, Blackwell, 2002, pp. 201–05.

Wiegman, R. “Singleton, John: Robyn Wiegman (excerpt).” Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by J. Witalec, vol. 156, Thomson Gale, 2002.

Wiegman, R. “My Name is Forrest, Forrest Gump': Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity.” The Futures of American Studies, edited by D. E. Peace, Duke University Press, 2002, pp. 269–304.

Wiegman, R. “Race, Ethnicity, and Film.” Film Studies: Critical Approaches, edited by J. Hill and P. Church-Gibson, Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 156–66.

Wiegman, R. “Singleton, John: Robyn Wiegman.” The Film Studies Reader, edited by J. Hollows et al., Arnold, 2000, pp. 329–37.

Wiegman, R. “On Being Married to the Institution.” Strangers in the Tower: Power, Race, and Gender in Academe, edited by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Maria Herrera-Sobek, Modern Language Association, 1999, pp. 71–82.

Wiegman, R. “Race, Ethnicity, and Film.” The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, edited by John Hill and Pamela Church-Gibson, Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 158–68.

Wiegman, R. “Fiedler and Sons.” Race and the Subject of Masculinities, edited by Harry Z. Stecopoulos and Michael Q. Uebel, Duke University Press, 1997, pp. 45–68.

Wiegman, R. “Introduction to 'Homosexuality and Utopian Discourse in American Poetry' by Thomas Yingling.” Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies, edited by B. Erkkila and J. Grossman, Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 135–37.


Wiegman, R., et al. “In the After Life of the Duke Case.” Social Text 93, vol. 25, 2007, pp. 1–16.

Wiegman, R. “Un-Remembering Monique Wittig.” Glq, vol. 13, no. 4, 2007, pp. 505–16.

Wiegman, R. “Heteronormativity and the desire for gender.” Feminist Theory, vol. 7, no. 1, Apr. 2006, pp. 89–103. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1464700106061460. Full Text

Wiegman, R. “Dear Ian (A Response to Janet Halley).” Duke Journal of Gender, Law and Policy, vol. 11, no. 7, Mar. 2004, pp. 93–120.

Wiegman, R. “On Being in Time with Feminism.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 1, Mar. 2004, pp. 161–76.

Wiegman, R. “What Ails Feminist Criticism? A Second Opinion (excerpt).” Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by J. Witalec, vol. 180, Thomson Gale Publishers, 2004, pp. 2–12.

Wiegman, R. “Intimate Publics: Race, Property, and Personhood.” American Literature: Special Issue on Literature and Science, Conceptual Forms, Conceptual Exchanges, Dec. 2002.

Wiegman, R. “Academic Feminism Against Itself.” Nwsa Journal, vol. 14, no. 2, July 2002, pp. 18–37.

Wiegman, R. “Object Lessons: Men, Masculinity, and the Sign of 'Women'.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 26, no. 2, University of Chicago Press, Dec. 2001, pp. 355–88.