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. “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. “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. “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. “Women's Studies: Interdisciplinary Imperatives, Again.” Feminist Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, June 2001, pp. 514–18.

Wiegman, R. “Feminism’s Apocalyptic Futures.” New Literary History, vol. 31, no. 4, Oct. 2000, pp. 805–25.

Wiegman, R. “Feminism, Institutionalism, and the Idiom of Failure.” Differences, vol. 11, Oct. 1999, pp. 107–36.

Wiegman, R. “Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity.” Boundary 2, vol. 26, no. 3, Oct. 1999, pp. 115–50.

Wiegman, R. “What’s New(s) about Whiteness Studies?Critica, Mar. 1999, pp. 11–20.

Wiegman, R. “Critical response i what ails feminist criticism? a second opinion.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 25, no. 2, Jan. 1999, pp. 362–79. Scopus, doi:10.1086/448925. Full Text

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.