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Samantha WrisleyVisiting Assistant Professor - WGSS

Samantha Pinson Wrisley (she/they) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University and a Fellow at the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism. She was previously a Mellon Interventions Project Public Humanities Teaching Fellow at Emory University. Her work unfolds at the intersection of far-right studies, feminist, and queer theory, affect theory, cultural studies, and critical sexuality studies. Dr. Wrisley is specifically interested in the affective dimensions of misogyny, how it circulates in both feminist and anti-feminist affective environments, and how it is connected to other forms of hatred such as white supremacy and transphobia. Her previous work includes a critical analysis of common feminist conceptions of misogyny, published under the title “Feminist Theory and the Problem of Misogyny” in Feminist Theory in 2021. She also has a forthcoming piece in the journal Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry comparing and contrasting feminist heteropessimism with involuntary celibacy’s (i.e., incels’) specific brand of sexual nihilism known as “the Black Pill.” 

Dr. Wrisley is currently working on two book projects. The first is a monograph that endeavors to continue her work building a comprehensive feminist understanding of misogyny that can be mobilized as a form of feminist resistance in a post-#MeToo landscape. The second is a collaborative effort with scholars Riley Johnson and Shelley Feller that seeks to understand and counter transphobic iterations of feminist theory and praxis.