Ara Wilson
Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

My work makes analytical and empirical contributions to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Combining Science & Technology Studies (STS) approaches with materialist theories, I remain invested in empirical esearch, particularly ethnographically informed depictions of life under global capitalism. This direction also involved reflection on analytical categories and frameworks, such as intimacy, infrastructure, or gender. I have conducted long-term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand and short-term research on other transnational spaces, like NGO conferences.

I have taught a range of undergraduate courses in Gender Studies and regularly teach Money/Sex/Power and Nature/Nurture-Sex/Gender. At the graduate level, I have taught seminars on transnational feminist theory; research design; infrastructure; sexuality; and political economic approaches.

Current Research Interests

STS: infrastructure, standards, measurement & social life; transnational medicine (medical tourism); nature-nurture debate about sex & gender
Thailand: modern medicine, medical tourism, Rockefeller Foundation
GSFS: the history of the concept of gender; category of intimacy; globalization & sexuality

Office Hours

Generally by appointment; I also try to respond promptly to work emails during the semester.

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