Elizabeth A Wilson is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University (Atlanta, USA).  In Fall 2019 she was a Visiting Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Council of the Humanities and the Department of English, Princeton University. She has been an ARC Research Fellow at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.  She has co-authored A Silvan Tomkins Handbook: Foundations for Affect Theory with Adam Frank (University of British Columbia), published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2020.


PhD 1994 Department of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia

B.Sc (Hons) 1986 Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Other Publications


2020 A Silvan Tomkins Handbook: Foundations for Affect Theory. University of Minnesota Press.

2015 Gut Feminism. Durham: Duke University Press.

2010 Affect and Artificial Intelligence. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2004 Psychosomatic: Feminism and the Neurological Body. Durham: Duke University Press.

1998 Neural Geographies: Feminism and the Microstructure of Cognition. New York: Routledge.



2020 Affect, Genealogy, History (Review Symposium on Ruth Ley’s The Ascent of Affect: Genealogy and Critique). History of the Human Sciences 33(2): 143-150.

2018 I’m not sure: Response to Rosalind Smith. Australian Humanities Review, Issue 63, November http://australianhumanitiesreview.org/2018/12/02/im-not-sure-response-to-rosalind-smith

2018 Acts against nature. Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 23(1), 19-31

2015 Introduction: Antinormativity’s queer conventions [co-authored with Robyn Wiegman] differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 26(1), 1–25.

2012 Like-minded [co-authored with Adam Frank] Critical Inquiry, 38(4): 870-877

2011 Another neurological scene. History of the Present, 1(2), 149–169.

2011 Feminist conversations with Vicki Kirby and Elizabeth A. Wilson. Feminist Theory, 12(2), 227–234.

2010 Underbelly. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 21(1), 194–208.

2009 ‘Would I had him with me always’: Affects of longing in early artificial intelligence. Isis, 100, 839–847.

2008 Affect, artificial intelligence, and internal space. Emotion, Space and Society, 1, 22–27.

2005 “Can you think what I feel? Can you feel what I think?”: Notes on affect, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in AI. Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture, 2(2).

2004 Gut feminism. differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 15(3), 66–94.



Book Forum–Elizabeth A. Wilson’s Gut Feminism

Blog Posts


    2016-2017  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: New Scholarship on the Affects. Principle Investigator. Working Group: Professor Carla Freeman (Emory WGSS; Senior Associate Dean), Professor Lynne Huffer (Emory WGSS), Professor Michael Moon (Emory WGSS).

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