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Ara Wilson, Associate Professor of Women's Studies Program and Cultural Anthropology and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Ara Wilson
Office Location:  210 East Duke Bldg., 90760, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address:  send me a message
Web Page:   http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/WomensStudies/ara.wilson

Teaching (Fall 2015):  (typical courses)

  • Womenst 278.01, Sex/gender - nature/nurture Synopsis
    Lsrc a247, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 278.01, NEUROSCI 278.01, PSY 226.01, SXL 278.01)
  • Womenst 770.01, Interdisciplinary research Synopsis
    Carr 240, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as LIT 770.02)
Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • Womenst 361.01, Money, sex, power Synopsis
    East duke 204d, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
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  • Ph.D. City University of New York 1997
  • M.Phil. City University of New York 1992
  • B.A. Vassar College 1984


Research Interests: gender/sexuality in global modernity; urban Southeast Asia and transnational zones; cultural political economy and heterodox economics

Current projects: Sexual Latitudes: The Erotic Politics of Globalization (book),

Market Shrines in Bangkok,

Medical Tourism in Bangkok and Singapore

My work contributes to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Through research informed by an ethnographic lens, my aim is to generate descriptions of social life within conditions shaped by transnational flows, especially operations of global capitalism. This requires combining attention to economics (which I undertake with qualitative, heterodox approaches) with feminist, queer, and post-colonial theories about social arrangements and about our ways of thinking about them. I have conducted long-term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand exploring changes to sexuality, gender and ethnicity in non-Western modernity. I am working on two projects. One is a book project, Sexual Latitudes, that ponders how the stage for sexuality is now global, for example through new forms of international sexual politics in the UN orbit or the alter-globalization movements. This interest also extends to reflecting on the concept of "intimacy" as a rubric in feminist and queer analysis and pondering the unfulfilled intersection of feminist/queer and economic analysis. A second project examines medical tourism to Thailand and Singapore, which continues my interests in the interplay of globalization and intimate, embodied life.


Director of Graduate Studies; Representative, Arts & Science Faculty Council (13-14); Diversity Task Force; PI Duke-Mellon Project (Science Studies as Area Studies @ http://sites.duke.edu/stsasia/about-us)/
Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)
  1. A. Wilson. "Anthropology and the Political Philsophy of Hardt and Negri: Introduction." Focaal Special Theme Issue on Hardt & Negri (2012). [Wilson Focaal Introduction 2012]

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