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. “Queering the Academy.” Genders: Special Issue on the Gay 90s, Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Formations in Queer Studies, vol. 26, Oct. 1997, pp. 3–22.

Wiegman, R. “Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism (Walter Benn Michaels).” American Literature, vol. 69, June 1997, pp. 432–33.

Wiegman, R. “Feminism and Its Mal(e)contents.” Masculinities, vol. 2, no. 1, Mar. 1997, pp. 1–7.

Wiegman, R. “Tendencies (Eve Sedgwick) and Bodies That Matter (Judith Butler).” American Literature, vol. 67, Dec. 1995, pp. 893–95.

Wiegman, R. “On Sex and Discipline.” Surfaces, vol. 5, Nov. 1995.

Wiegman, R. “White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture (Jan Nederveen Pieterse).” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1995, pp. 177–78.

Wiegman, R. “The Anatomy of Lynching.” Journal of the History of Sexuality: Special Issue on African American Sexuality, vol. 3, no. 3, Jan. 1993, pp. 445–67.

Wiegman, R. “Toward a Political Economy of Race and Gender.” Bucknell Review: Special Issue on Turning the Century, Feminist Criticism in the 1990s, Bucknell University Press, 1992, pp. 47–67.

Wiegman, R. “Melville's geography of gender.” American Literary History, vol. 1, no. 4, Dec. 1989, pp. 735–53. Scopus, doi:10.1093/alh/1.4.735. Full Text

WIEGMAN, R. “Economies of the Body: Gendered Sites in 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Roxana'.” Criticism, vol. 31, no. 1, 1989, pp. 33–51.