Ara Wilson
  • Ara Wilson

  • Director of the Study of Sexualities; Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 210 East Duke Building
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1 -2:00
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    My work contributes to the feminist ethnography of globalization by providing theoretically engaged descriptions of transnational sites and processes. My approach combines attention to political economy, critical studies of culture, and post-colonial critiques of Eurocentrism. I use long term fieldwork in Bangkok, Thailand to explore how sexuality, gender and ethnicity are produced and transformed through the modernity of the non-Western world. I am working to develop ways to analyze gender/sexuality at a global scale, in part by studying such international events as the 1995 Beijing UN Conference on Women or the World Social Forum. This research is part of a current book project, Sexual Latitudes, that considers the implication of globalization as a stage for sexual politics. I am also in the early phases of a project on medical tourism to Thailand.
  • Selected Publications

      • (2004).
      • The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in The Global City.
      • University of California.
      • [web]
      • A. Wilson.
      • (2012).
      • Anthropology and the Political Philsophy of Hardt and Negri: Introduction.
      • Focaal
      • Ara Wilson (Eds.),
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      • Special Theme Issue on Hardt & Negri
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      • [Wilson Focaal Introduction 2012]
      • (2010).
      • Medical Tourism in Bangkok.
      • In Aihwa Ong and Nancy Chen (Eds.),
      • Asian Biotech
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      • Duke UP.
      • [PDF]
      • (2010).
      • NGOs as Erotic Sites.
      • In Amy Lind (Eds.),
      • Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance
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      • Routledge.
      • (2007).
      • Feminism in the Space of the World Social Forum.
      • Journal of International Women’s Studies
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      • special issue on the World Social Forum
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      • [web]
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  • Specialties

    • Globalization
    • Sexuality
    • Asia
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Anthropology,
      • The Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY),
      • 1997
      • BA,
      • Anthropology,
      • Vassar College,
      • 1984
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Faculty Manuscript Workship,
      • Mellon- Franklin Humanities Institute,
      • April, 2012
      • Faculty Recognition,
      • Duke LGBT Center, Lavender Graduation,
      • April, 2008
      • Fellowships, Grants, and Awards,
      • January, 2002-06
  • Teaching

    • WOMENST 278.01
      • SEX/GENDER - NATURE/NURTURE
      • Social Sciences 119
      • MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
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