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. “The Possibility of Women’s Studies.” Women’s Studies for the Future, edited by Elizabeth L. Kennedy and Agatha Beins, Rutgers University Press, 2005, pp. 40–60.

Wiegman, R. “The Anatomy of Lynching (excerpt).” Short Story Criticism, edited by J. Palmisano, vol. 79, Thomson Gale, 2005.

Wiegman, R. “My Name is Forrest, Forrest Gump: Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity.” Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality, and Transnational Media, edited by E. Shohat and R. Stam, Rutgers University Press, 2003, pp. 227–55.

Wiegman, R. “Intimate Publics: Race, Property, and Personhood.” Race, Nature, and the Politics of Difference, edited by D. Moore et al., Duke University Press, 2003, pp. 296–319.

Wiegman, R. “Feminism’s Broken English: A Defense of a Theoretical Humanities.” Just Being Difficult: Academic Writing in the Public Arena, edited by Jonathan Culler and Keven Lamb, Stanford University Press, 2003, pp. 75–94.

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. “Difference and Disciplinarity.” Aesthetics in a Multicultural Age, edited by Emory Elliott, Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 135–56.


Wiegman, R., and T. Dean. “What Does Critique Want? A Critical Exchange.” English Language Notes, vol. 51, no. 2, 2014, pp. 107–22.

Wiegman, R. “If, Suddenly.” The Scholar & Feminist Online, vol. Spring, no. 12.1-12.2, Barnard Center for Research on Women, 2014.

Wiegman, R. “Wishful Thinking.” Feminist Formations, vol. 25, 2013, pp. 200–11.

Wiegman, R. “The Closet, Its Conventions, and Anti-Racist Criticism.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 28, 2013, pp. 243–45.

Wiegman, R. “The Times We're In: Queer Feminist Criticism and the Reparative 'Turn'.” Feminist Theory, vol. 15, no. 1, 2013, pp. 1–24.

Wiegman, R., et al. “American Studies at a Crossroads: An Interview with Robyn Wiegman and Donald E. Pease.” Ragazine, vol. January, 2012.

Wiegman, R. “Eve, At a Distance.” Trans Scripts: An Interdisciplinary on Line Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 2, 2012.

Wiegman, R. “The Ends of New Americanism.” New Literary History, vol. 42, no. 3, 2011, pp. 385–407.

Wiegman, R. “Outside American Studies: On the Unhappy Pursuits of Non-Complicity.” Rivista Di Studi Americani, vol. 19, no. 2008, 2010, pp. 35–78.

Wiegman, R. “The Intimacy of Critique: Ruminations on Feminism as a Living Thing.” Feminist Theory, vol. 11, no. 1, 2010, pp. 81–86. Manual, doi:10.1177/1464700109355215. Full Text