Ara Wilson

Ara Wilson

Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Director of Graduate 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. “Thailand and Sex Tourism.” The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Wilson, A. “Bangkok, the Bubble City.” Wounded Cities: Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World., 2003.

Wilson, A. “The Transnational Geography of Sexual Rights.” Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights, edited by Mark Bradley and Patrice Petro, Rutgers University Press, 2002, pp. 251–65. Open Access Copy

Wilson, A. “Patriarchy in Feminist Theory.” Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, edited by Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender, vol. 3, 2000, pp. 1493–97.

Wilson, A. “Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women.” Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, edited by Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender, vol. 3, Routledge, 2000, pp. 1493–97.


Wilson, A. “Feminism in the space of the world social forum.” Journal of International Women’S Studies, vol. 8, no. 3, Apr. 2007, pp. 10–27.

Wilson, A. “Queering Asia.” Intersections, vol. 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, vol. 106/4, 2004.

Wilson, A. “The Empire of Direct Sales and the Making of Thai Entrepreneurs.” Critique of Anthropology, 1999.

Wilson, A. ““Report: Lesbian Visibility and Sexual Rights at Beijing”.” Signs, vol. 22, 1996, pp. 214–18. Open Access Copy