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Elizabeth WilsonDirector of Undergraduate Studies - WGSSSamuel Candler Dobbs Professor - WGSS

Elizabeth A. Wilson is a Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Sydney, and her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Otago. She was an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of New South Wales prior to coming to Emory, and she has also held appointments at the University of Western Sydney, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2003-2004) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2011-2012). Her work explores how biological data, psychoanalysis, and affect theory can be used to foster conceptual innovation in feminist theory. Currently she is co-authoring an introduction to the affect theory of Silvan Tomkins (with Adam Frank, University of British Columbia). In her new book Gut Feminism, Prof. Wilson turns her attention to the gut and depression. She examines research on anti-depressants, placebos, transference, phantasy, eating disorders and suicidality with two goals in mind: to show how pharmaceutical data can be useful for feminist theory, and to address the necessary role of aggression in feminist politics.


2015 Gut Feminism. Durham: Duke University Press.

2015 “Introduction: Antinormativity’s Queer Conventions.” [co-authored with Robyn Wiegman] differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 26(1): 1–25.

2012 “Like-minded.” [co-authored with Adam Frank] Critical Inquiry, 38(4): 870-877

2011 “Another neurological scene.” History of the Present, 1(2): 149-169.

2010 Affect and Artificial Intelligence. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2004 Psychosomatic: Feminism and the Neurological Body. Durham: Duke University Press.

1998 Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition. New York: Routledge