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Faculty: Robyn Wiegman  

Robyn Wiegman
Title: Professor
Office Location: Friedl Building, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 684-4127
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  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1988
  • M.F.A., Indiana University at Bloomington, 1984
  • B.A., Indiana University at Bloomington, 1981

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Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and formerly the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke, from 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 is currently co-editing (with Elizabeth Wilson) a special issue of differences on "Queer Theory without Anti-Normativity" and working on two monographs: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, on key debates in feminist and queer theory. In 2013 she received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Graduate School at Duke University.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

Papers Published

  • Wiegman, R; Nash, JC. "Object Lessons at 10: a conversation." Feminist Theory 24.2 (April, 2023): 262-276. [doi]  [abs]
  • Wiegman, R. "Introduction: Autotheory theory." Arizona Quarterly 76.1 (March, 2020): 1-14. [doi]
  • Wiegman, R. "Introduction: Now, not now." Differences: a Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 30.1 (January, 2019): 2-14. [doi]
  • Wiegman, R. "In the margins with the argonauts." Angelaki 23.1 (January, 2018): 209-213. [doi]  [abs]
  • Wiegman, R. "Sex and Negativity, Or What Queer Theory has for You." Cultural Critique 95.95 (2016): 219-243.
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