Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and former Director of the Women's Studies Program at Duke from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988. She has also taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. She has published 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). Her textbook, Literature and Gender: Thinking Critically Through Poetry, Fiction, and Drama (and Teacher's Manual) appeared in 1999. She is also an editor, with Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan of the Duke University book series, Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies. Wiegman's research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, critical race theory, and film and media studies. She is currently completing Without Guarantee, which focuses on feminism's institutionalization of feminism in the U.S. academy, and preparing for two new projects: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, which engages debates in feminist and queer theory. She was co-director of the Dartmouth Summer Institute on American Studies from 1998-2004.
University of Washington,
Women's Studies Certificate,
Awards, Honors and Distinctions
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Top 5%, Office of Assessment, Duke University,
Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in GL/Q Studies, MLA, Honorable Mention,
“Eve’s Triangles: Queer Studies Beside Itself”.
Racial Sensations: Affect and Aesthetics.
Eve, At a Distance.
Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary On Line Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Duke University Press.
Selected Title, National Women’s Studies Association Author-Meets-Critic Session, November, 2012
Selected Title, Annual Symposium,
Theories: Critical Theory & Sexuality Studies, University College, Dublin, September, 2012
"When the Lesbian Postmodern Meets the Lesbian Premodern".