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About Margot Weiss

Margot Weiss is a cultural anthropologist with expertise in queer theory, queer and feminist anthropology, and left cultural critique. She is the Co-Chair of the Association for Queer Anthropology. Her award-winning first book, Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2011), traces the circuits between BDSM communities, late capitalist cultures of neoliberalism, and gendered and racialized social norms. She is currently working on her second book, Queer Otherwise: Making Knowledge at the Boundaries of Academia and Activism, which explores how queer left activists cultivate a radical political imagination in the midst of crisis and closure. Margot Weiss has published essays on BDSM and the sexual politics of late capitalism, neoliberalism and queer activism, method in queer anthropology, LGBT/queer economic precarity, sexuality and American imperialism, and the politics of academic and activist knowledge in the neoliberal university in journals and volumes such as GLQ, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Quarterly, New Labor Forum, Journal of Homosexuality, Anthropologica, Radical History Review, American Quarterly, The Routledge History of Queer America, Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century, Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian / Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World, and Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy.


Present Affiliated Faculty in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University
Present Associate Professor of American Studies, Wesleyan University
Present Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wesleyan University
Present Chair, Wesleyan University Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information

Center for the Americas
Wesleyan University
255 High Street, Room 201
Middletown, CT 06459
Office: 860-685-5754


Articles, Essays, and Chapters (17)

Books (1)

Interviews with Margot Weiss (6)

Book Reviews (2)