Professor Margot Weiss has taught at Wesleyan University in the departments of American Studies and Anthropology, with an affiliation in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, since 2008. She established Wesleyan’s Clusters in Disability Studies (in 2010-11) and Queer Studies (in 2013-14), and she teaches courses in queer theory, the anthropology of sexuality and gender, ethnographic methods, and social theory.

Regularly offered courses:

AMST 118 (xFGSS): “Social Norms/Social Power:  Queer Readings of ‘Difference’ in America (FYS)” First year seminar that explores intersections of difference, norms, and power, drawing on a range of queer and American studies materials. syllabus

AMST 201 (xFGSS): “Queer Theories: Junior Colloquium” Interdisciplinary introduction to queer theory, and the foundation for the American Studies concentration in queer studies. syllabus

ANTH 203 (xFGSS, AMST): “Sex, Money and Power: Anthropology of Intimacy and Exchange” This course explores the commodification of various intimacies–sexual and social–drawing on recent ethnography. syllabus

AMST 233 (xANTH, FGSS): “Global Queer Studies” This course explores global experiences of LGBT/Q life, bringing an explicitly transnational lens to a field too often dominated by U.S.-centered perspectives. syllabus

ANTH 295B: “Theory in Anthropology: Anthropology of Affect” This course explores a range of theories of affect –sensation, emotion, intensity, movement–and their intersection with anthropology and ethnography. syllabus

ANTH 309: “Re-reading Ethnography: Toward an Otherwise Anthropology” This advanced reading-centered course explores the post-2020 turn toward an “otherwise” (or decolonizing) cultural anthropology. syllabus

Contact me for other courses and syllabi, including: 

  • AMST 265/FGSS 263: “Introduction to Trans Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches”
  • AMST 266/ENGL 265/ANTH 205/FGSS 266: “Future Visions: Temporality and the Politics of Change” co-taught with Amy Tang syllabus
  • AMST 286/FGSS 286/ANTH 286: “Queer Activism and Radical Scholarship: Beyond ‘Theory vs. Practice’” syllabus
  • AMST 293/FGSS 294: “Politics of the Body”
  • ANTH 101: “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology”
  • ANTH 208: “Crafting Ethnography” syllabus
  • ANTH 398/FGSS 398: “Queer/Anthropology: Ethnographic Approaches to Queer Studies”
  • ANTH 400: “Cultural Analysis: Senior Seminar”
  • CHUM 355/ANTH355/FGSS 355/AMST 357: “Social Movements Lab” syllabus