Professor Weiss teaches courses in American Studies and Anthropology that focus on queer studies, the anthropology of sexuality and gender, and social theory. She established and directs the Queer Studies Course Cluster and the Disability Studies Course Cluster.
Regularly offered courses:
Social Norms/Social Power: Reading “Difference” in American Culture (AMST 118/FGSS 119). This is a first year seminar that explores intersections of difference, norms, and power, drawing on a range of queer and American studies materials. Download syllabus
Junior Colloquium: Critical Queer Studies (AMST 201). This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to queer theory, and the foundation for the American Studies concentration in queer studies. Check out the course Tumblr! Download syllabus
Introduction to Trans Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (AMST 265/FGSS 263). This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to trans/transgender studies. Download syllabus
Future Visions: Temporality and the Politics of Change (AMST266/ENGL 265/ANTH 205/FGSS 266). This course, co-taught with Professor Amy Tang (English and American Studies), is an experimental, cross-disciplinary exploration of the politics of temporality, history, and political change. Check out the course Tumblr! Download syllabus
Politics of the Body (AMST 293/FGSS 294). This course explores the politics of embodiment, focusing especially on queer, trans, and disability studies approaches. Check out the course Tumblr! Download syllabus
Sex, Money and Power: Anthropology of Intimacy and Exchange (ANTH 203/FGSS 223). This course explores the commodification of various intimacies–sexual and social–drawing on recent ethnography. Check out the course Tumblr! Download syllabus
Queer/Anthropology: Ethnographic Approaches to Queer Studies (ANTH 398/FGSS 398/AMST 398). This advanced seminar explores the possibilities of combining queer theory and cultural anthropology. Download syllabus
Crafting Ethnography (ANTH 208). This course, the required methods course for the Anthropology major, is an introduction to ethnographic research and writing. Check out the course Tumblr! Download syllabus
Theory 2: Anthropology of Affect (ANTH 296). This course, a required Theory course for majors, explores a range of theories of affect –sensation, emotion, intensity, movement–and their intersection with anthropology. Download syllabus
Queer Activism and Radical Scholarship (AMST 286). This course is an exploration of queer radical intellectual work in and outside of the academy, and the politics of the contemporary university. It has a substantial research component. Download syllabus.
Graduate Liberal Studies
Anthropology of Sexuality (SOC 601). This course is an introduction to the anthropology of sexuality. Download syllabus