Ara Wilson

Ara Wilson

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

External address: 
117 East Duke Bldg., 90760, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-9179
Office Hours: 
Generally by appointment; I also try to respond promptly to work emails during the semester.


My work makes analytical and empirical contributions to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Combining Science & Technology Studies (STS) approaches with materialist theories, I remain invested in empirical esearch, particularly ethnographically informed depictions of life under global capitalism. This direction also involved reflection on analytical categories and frameworks, such as intimacy, infrastructure, or gender. I have conducted long-term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand and short-term research on other transnational spaces, like NGO conferences.

I have taught a range of undergraduate courses in Gender Studies and regularly teach Money/Sex/Power and Nature/Nurture-Sex/Gender. At the graduate level, I have taught seminars on transnational feminist theory; research design; infrastructure; sexuality; and political economic approaches.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., City University of New York 1997

  • M.Phil., City University of New York 1992

  • B.A., Vassar College 1984

Wilson, A. "Patriarchy in Feminist Theory." In Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women,edited by C Kramarae and D Spender, 1493-1497. 2000.


Wilson, A. "Queering Asia." Intersections 14 (2006).

Wilson, A. "Global Politics and the Feminist Question." ebr (electronic book review) (2006).

Wilson, A. "Intra-Asian Circuits and the Problem of Global Queer." Conference Archives of the Sexualities, Genders & Rights in Asia 1st International Conference of Asian Queer Studies (2005).

Wilson, A. "Nicole Constable, ROMANCE ON THE GLOBAL STAGE." American Anthropologist 106/4 (2004). (Review)

Wilson, A. "The Empire of Direct Sales and the Making of Thai Entrepreneurs." Critique of Anthropology (1999).