Margot Weiss is a cultural anthropologist who brings a queer, materialist perspective to the contemporary politics of sexuality. She holds an AB from the University of Chicago (1995), and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University (2005). At Wesleyan, she teaches courses in the anthropology of sexuality and gender, queer studies, and social theory.
Her first book, Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2011), explores the connection between BDSM communities, US neoliberalism and late capitalism, and gendered and racialized social norms. The book won the 2012 Ruth Benedict Book Prize for outstanding monograph (awarded by the Association for Queer Anthropology) and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies.
She is currently working on a book entitled Visions of Sexual Justice. Based on multisited ethnographic fieldwork with queer activist organizations in the US and Canada, the book explores the possibilities and parameters of a radical political imagination at a time of economic precarity.
Her published essays explore the sexual politics of late capitalism, sexuality and American imperialism, neoliberalism and new queer activisms, and method in queer anthropology. She has also published on left intellectuals, activism, and the politics of knowledge in the neoliberal university.
See more of Margot Weiss’s writing, research, interviews, and teaching materials here: margotweiss.com