Ara Wilson

Ara Wilson

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

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

Overview

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. "Urban Sexualities." Wiley Blackwell Companion to Urban Anthropology. Ed. D Nonini. Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Wilson, A. "Intimacy: A Useful Concept for Global Analysis." The global and the intimate : feminism in our time. Ed. G Pratt and V Rosner. New York: Columbia University Press, January 1, 2012. 31-56. Open Access Copy

Wilson, A. "NGOs as Erotic Sites." Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance. Ed. A Lind. Routledge, January 2010.

Wilson, A. "Medical Tourism in Bangkok." Asian Biotech. Ed. A Ong and N Chen. Duke UP, 2010.

Wilson, A. "Thailand and Sex Tourism." The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. Ed. Iriye, A and Saunier, P-Y.: Palgrave Macmillan. February 15, 2009. (Essay)

Wilson, A. "Plural Economies and Gendered Resistance in Bangkok." On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions. Ed. J Foran, K-K Bhavnani, P Kurian, and D Munshi. Routledge, November 2008.

Wilson, A. "Feminism: International and Global Institutions." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press, 2008. (Chapter)

Wilson, A. "Feminism: International and Global Institutions and Networks." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Ed. Smith, BG.: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Wilson, A. "Thailand and Sex Tourism." The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Pages

Wilson, A. "The infrastructure of intimacy." Signs 41.2 (December 1, 2016): 247-280. Full Text

Wilson, A. "Intimität. Eine nützliche Kategorie transnationaler Analyse." Feministische Studien 32.1 (January 1, 2014). Full Text

Wilson, A. "National Economy and Bodily Scales: Medical Tourism in Thailand." Ed. E Roberts and N Scheper-Hughes. Body and Society (2011).

Wilson, A. "Post-fordist desires: The commodity aesthetics of bangkok sex shows." Feminist Legal Studies 18.1 (April 1, 2010): 53-67. Full Text Open Access Copy

Wilson, A. "SEX AT THE FORUM: SEXUAL JUSTICE AND THE ALTER-GLOBALIZATION MOVEMENT." Scholar and the Feminist (Barnard) 7 (2010).

Wilson, A. "The sacred geography of Bangkok's markets." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 32.3 (September 15, 2008): 631-642. Full Text

Wilson, A. "Queer Isles: Review, Tom Boellstorff, THE GAY ARCHIPELEGO." GLQ 14 (2008): 659-663. (Review)

Wilson, A. "Feminism in the space of the world social forum." Journal of International Women'S Studies 8.3 (April 2007): 10-27.

Pages

"The empire debate: Hardt and Negri's anthropological encounter." Ed. Wilson, A. Focaal 64 64 (2012). (Special Issue)