Ann Pellegrini

Professor

Ann Pellegrini

Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. Her books and articles traverse several disciplines and interdisciplines, but one through-line is an abiding interest in exploring how feelings are lived, experienced, and communicated between and across bodies—and with what risks and possibilities for self and others. Another is the work of the aesthetic for disrupting and transforming possibilities for democratic social life.

They are the author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997); co-author, with Janet R. Jakobsen, of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (NYU Press, 2003; Beacon Press, 2004); and co-author, with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico, of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People (Beacon Press, 2013). “You Can Tell Just By Looking” was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Non-Fiction. She is currently completing a new book on “queer structures of religious feeling.” 

Pellegrini has published two anthologies: Queer Theory and the Jewish Question, co-edited with Daniel Boyarin and Danial Itzkovitz (Columbia University Press, 2003); and Secularisms, co-edited with Janet R. Jakobsen (Duke University Press, 2008). She is founding co-editor, with José Muñoz, of the “Sexual Cultures” Series, at New York University Press, which she now co-edits with Joshua Chambers-Letson and Tavia Nyong’o.

Pellegrini is a licensed psychoanalyst. They and Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou received the first Tiresias Paper Award, in 2021, from the International Psychoanalytic Association for their co-written paper: “A feminine boy: normative investments and reparative fantasy at the intersections of gender, race, and religion.” 

Education

Harvard University

PhD 1994 - Cultural Studies

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Harvard University

Master of Arts 1992 - Study of Religion

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Oxford University

Bachelor of Arts 1988 - Literae Humaniores

Oxford, United Kingdom

 

Harvard-Radcliffe College

Bachelor of Arts 1986 - Classics

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Areas of Research/Interest


• RELIGION, SEXUALITY, AND U.S. PUBLIC LIFE 

• PSYCHOANALYSIS AND CULTURE 

• TRAUMA STUDIES 

• QUEER THEORY 

• GENDER AND PERFORMANCE 

• AFFECT STUDIES 

• PERFORMANCE AND LAW 

• CRITICAL THEORIES OF SECULARISM 

• RELIGION AND BIOPOLITICS

• CRITICAL ANIMAL STUDIES 

• JEWISH CULTURAL STUDIES

 

Awards & Distinctions

• First Tiresias Paper Award, Sexual & Gender Diversity Studies Committee, International Psychoanalytical Association (2021).

• Finalist, Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Non-Fiction, for “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People (2014)

• Fellow, Psychology and the Other, Cambridge, MA, 2014-present

• Faculty Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University (2012-13)

• Constance Rourke Prize for best article published in American Quarterly, American Studies Association (2008)

• Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis, Austrian Fulbright Commission and Sigmund-Freud-Society (2007)

• Arnold Grossman Award for Outstanding Faculty/Staff Service to the LGBT Community, NYU (2005)

• First Annual BGLT Faculty Ally Award, Harvard University Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Association (1999)

Links

NYU Press | Sexual Cultures

Hemispheric Institute | EMISFÉRICA

CSGS | Otherwise: Queer Scholarship into Song