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Margot Weiss

Associate Professor of Anthropology

255 High Street,

Associate Professor of American Studies

255 High Street, 201

Associate Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

255 High Street,

Coordinator, Queer Studies

1 Vine Street,


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BA University of Chicago
MA Duke University
PHD Duke University

Margot Weiss

A cultural anthropologist who combines ethnography with queer theory and left cultural critique, Margot Weiss has conducted fieldwork across the US (San Francisco, New York, and Chicago) and in Montreal and Berlin. Her work explores the contradictory relationships between sexual cultures, neoliberalism, and the US economy: from the gendered, racialized, and class politics of BDSM in the San Francisco Bay Area; to the politics of left intellectuals in the neoliberal US academy; to the political-intellectual work of queer left activists in New York, Chicago, and Montreal. The former president of the Association for Queer Anthropology, at Wesleyan Professor Weiss coordinates Queer Studies and offers courses in queer theory, the anthropology of sex and gender, ethnographic methods, and social theory. For more on her scholarship and teaching, visit mdweiss.faculty.wesleyan.edu/

Representative Publications

Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2011)

“Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (1970s-2010s),” Routledge History of Queer America (2018)

“Always After: Desiring Queerness, Desiring Anthropology,” Cultural Anthropology 31(4), 2016

“Discipline and Desire: Feminist Politics, Queer Studies, and New Queer Anthropology,” Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the 21st Century, 2016

“Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence” (with Amber Hollibaugh), New Labor Forum 24(3), 2015

“Queer Economic Justice: Desire, Critique, and the Practice of Knowledge,” Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy, 2015

Forum: “Left Intellectuals and the Neoliberal University" (with Naomi Greyser), American Quarterly 64 (4), 2012

“The Epistemology of Ethnography: Method in Queer Anthropology,” GLQ 17(4), 2011

“Gay Shame and BDSM Pride: Neoliberalism, Privacy and Sexual Politics,” Radical History Review 100, 2008

Academic Affiliations

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Spring 2022
AMST 233 - 01
Global Queer Studies

ANTH 309 - 01
Reading Ethnography

Fall 2022
AMST 201 - 01
Critical Queer Studies