Amber Jamilla Musser
Campus Box 1078
Amber Jamilla Musser's research is at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality studies. Her monograph, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) uses masochism as a lens to theorize different felt relationships to power. The book beings together debates on masochism within feminism, discussions of masochism from psychoanalysis and critiques of colonialism, literary presentations of masochism, and performance and visual art that draws on masochism's repertoire in order to make an argument about the relationship between sensation and knowledge production and the racialization of our current episteme of sexuality. Her current research project, "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings" uses women of color's aesthetic labors to re-imagine epistemologies of sexuality so that they center brown femininity.
Dr. Musser has also published widely on race and critical theory, queer femininities and race, race and sexuality, and queer of color critique. She has an MSt in Women's Studies from Oxford University and received her PhD in History of Science from Harvard University. She has previously taught gender studies at New York University and Brown University. At Washington University she teaches "Sexuality and the State," "Advanced Queer Theory: Intimacies of Precarity," "The Politics of Pleasure," "Queer of Color Critique: Sense and Sexuality," and "Feminist Theory."
Research interests include queer theory, feminist theory, critical race theory, cultural and critical theory, critical historiography, and history of psychiatry and medicine.
Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism, under contract with New York University Press
"Object of Desire: Towards an Ethics of Sameness" theory and event (forthcoming)
"On the Orgasm of the Species: Female Sexuality, Science, and Sexual Difference" Feminist Review (2012) 102, 1–20.
"Racial Camouflage: Thinking Race Apart from Sexuality," Studies in Gender and Sexuality 13(3): (2012)
"Anti-Oedipus, Kinship, and the Subject of Affect" Social Text, 30:3 (2012), 77-95.
"Reading, Writing, Masochism: The Arts of Becoming" differences, 23:1 (2012), 131-150
"Reading, Writing, and the Whip," Literature and Medicine 27(2), (Fall 2009) 204-222.
"From Our Body to Your Selves: The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Changing Notions of Subjectivity , 1969-1973," Women’s Studies Quarterly 35: 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2007), 93-109
"Masochism, A Queer Subjectivity," Rhizomes 11, Fall 2005.
Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2008-2009)
Derek Bok Award for Teaching Excellence (Fall 2007)
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Minority Fellow (2003-2007)