Anne McClintock

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute
Office Phone
117 Dickinson Hall
Office Hours

SPR'18: Mo/We 4:45-5:45 PM (by appt only) & via Appointment for additional dates/times


Anne McClintock’s interdisciplinary and transnational work—both scholarly and creative—explores the intersections between race, gender and sexualities; imperialism and globalization; visual culture and mass media; sexual and gender violence; and environmentalism and animal studies. Her work includes Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest; Dangerous Liaisons. Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited); short biographies on Simone de Beauvoir, and Olive Schreiner; edited volumes Sex Workers and Sex Work, and Race and Queer Sexualities (co-edited), as well as creative non-fiction and photographic essays. She has won many awards, including two MacArthur-SSRC fellowships,  Columbia Human Rights Distinguished Fellowship, Feminist Scholars Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and numerous artists residency fellowships.

Her public writing and photographs have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Guernica Magazine of Arts and Politics, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, Women’s Review of Books, and Truth Out, among others. She has three books in progress: Unquiet Ghosts of the Forever War (Duke U.P).  Skin Hunger. A Chronicle of Sex, Money and Desire (Jonathan Cape); and Planet of Intimate Trespass (Routledge). She held the Simone de Beauvoir chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 15 years. Her writing has been translated into 13 languages.

Selected Publications


Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (Routledge, 1995). 449 pp. Translated into Portuguese as Couro imperial - Raça, Gênero E Sexualidade No Embate Colonial (Lisbon: Editora Unicamp, 2011). 418 pp.

Dangerous Liaisons. Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives. Co-edited with Ella Shohat and Aamir Mufti (University of Minnesota Press, 1997). 560 pp.

Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest The ACLS Humanities E-History Book Project


Double Crossings: Madness, Sexuality and Imperialism (Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, 2001) The 2000 Garnett Sedgewick Memorial Lecture

Simone de Beauvoir. European Writers Series (New York: Scribners, 1990)

Olive Schreiner. British Writers Series (New York: Scribners, 1991)

Books in Progress

Unquiet Ghosts of the Forever War (Duke University Press); solicited for translation into Spanish and Japanese

Planet of Intimate Trespass (Routledge)

Skin Hunger: A Chronicle of Sex, Money, and Desire (Jonathan Cape)

Articles and Book Essays

“Imperial Ghosting and National Tragedy: Revenants from Hiroshima and Indian Country in the War on Terror,” PMLA, Special Issue on ‘Tragedy,’ ed. Jean Howard and Helene Foley, October 2014, 819-29

“Paranoid Empire. Specters from Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib,” States of Emergency. Eds. Russ Castronovo and Susan Gillman, Durham, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), 69-87

“Slow Violence and Environmental Crisis,” Hemispheric Institute Journal, E-misferica, Marianne Hirsch and Diana Taylor, eds. Special Issue “The Subject of the Archives,” 2013

"Soft-Soaping Empire. Commodity Racism and Imperial Advertising,” reprinted in The Media Studies Reader, ed. Laurie Ouellette (Routledge, 2012), 71-82

Azikwelwa (We Will Not Ride): Politics and Value in Black South African Poetry," African Literature: Anthology of Criticism and Theory, Olaniyan and Ato Quayson, eds. (New York: Blackwell, 2007), 391-401

“The Angel of Progress. Pitfalls of the Term Post-Colonialism,” Social Text, 18, 1992, 84-98 Teju Olaniyan and Ato Quayson, eds., African Literature: Anthology of Criticism and Theory, (New York: Blackwell, 2007), 628-636

"'No Longer In A Future Heaven': Gender and Nationalism in South Africa," Transition, 54, 1991, 104-23

“Introduction: Sex Workers and Sex Work,” Social Text, Special Issue on Sexwork, Social Text 34 (Winter 1993)

“Race, Cross-Dressing and the Cult of Domesticity,” Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader, eds. Sara Mills and Reina Lewis, (Edinburgh University Press 2004), 635-666

"Maid To Order: Commercial Fetishism and Gender Power," Pamela Church Gibson, ed. More Dirty Looks (London: British Film Institute, 2004), 144-165

"No Names Apart: The Separation of Word and History in Derrida's 'Le dernier Mot du Racisme,'" Henry Louis Gates, ed. Race, Writing and Difference (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1987), 339-353

“Fanon and Gender Agency,” in Nigel C. Gibson, ed. Rethinking Fanon: The Continuing Dialogue (New York: Routledge, 1999), 66-81, 1993, 3-15

“The Return of Female Fetishism and the Fiction of the Phallus,” New Formations, 6, 1993, 7-18

"Screwing the System. Sex Work, Race and the Law," eds. Margaret Ferguson and Jennifer Wicke, Feminism and Post-Modernism (Durham: Duke University, 1994), 37-52

"The Scandal of the Whorearchy," Transition, 53, 1991, 92-99

Public Writing

“Too Big to See With the Naked Eye,” Photo-Essay on the Greenland Ice Melt

“Shored Up: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at the Rockaway Peninsula

“Hurricane Sandy” Photography And Reflections on Hurricane Sandy. Social Text, October 29th, 2013

“Militarizing the Gulf Oil Crisis,” Counterpunch, June 24, 2010

“Slow Violence and Media Cover-Ups in the Gulf of Mexico” Counterpunch, August 23, 2010

“Behind the Media Blockade in the Gulf of Mexico” Truth Out Magazine, August 23, 2010

“The Wisconsin Mass Protests” Guernica Magazine of Arts and Politics, February 28th, 2011

“Wisconsin: an Epochal Standoff” Guernica Magazine of Arts and Politics, March 15th, 2011

“Which Way Wisconsin?” Social Text Journal, June 23rd, 2011

“The Best Way to Deal with “The Spear,” The Mail and Guardian (South Africa), May 1, 2012

Teaching and Research Interests