Ann Pellegrini

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Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts and of Social and Cultural Analysis in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University.  She holds BAs in Classics from Harvard University (1986) and from Oxford University (1988), an MA in the Study of Religion from Harvard University (1992), and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Harvard University (1994).  Pellegrini directs NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.  With her Performance Studies colleague Tavia Nyong’o and Performance Studies alum Joshua Chambers-Letson, she is general editor of the Sexual Cultures book series at NYU Press.


Vibrant eclecticism, wild objects, cutting edge critical approaches: I love how constantly surprised I am (in a good way!) by my colleagues and students.  When I look at the course listings each semester in the department, I wish I could take every single one of the classes being offered. 


  • 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


  • Fellow, Psychology and the Other Institute, Cambridge, MA
  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Non-Fiction, for “You Can Just Tell By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People 
  • Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
  • Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis, Freud Museum in Vienna


  • Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (1997)
  • Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance, co-written with Janet R. Jakobsen (2003)
  • “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, co-written with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico (2013)


  • Secularisms, co-edited with Janet R. Jakobsen (2008)
  • Queer Theory and the Jewish Question, co-edited with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz (2003)


She enjoys show tunes and psychoanalysis, and is a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City.


"Let’s keep this little secret between you and me…but I can’t believe how much fun I get to have at work." - ann pellegrini