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Robyn Wiegman

Professor of Literature
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0760
Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708


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 has recently curated a special issue on "autotheory" for Arizona Quarterly. She has forthcoming essays and interviews in Feminist StudiesFeminist Theory, SAQ, and differences.  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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Literature · 2012 - Present Literature, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies · 2018 - Present Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Washington · 1988 Ph.D.
Indiana University at Bloomington · 1984 M.F.A.
Indiana University at Bloomington · 1981 B.A.