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Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Freud Museum-Vienna and University of Vienna, in 2007, and is currently a candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City.


Pellegrini is 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 has also published two anthologies: Queer Theory and the Jewish Question, co-edited with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz (Columbia University Press, 2003); and Secularisms, co-edited with Janet R. Jakobsen (Duke University Press, 2008). She is currently completing a new book on queer structures of religious feeling. She co-edits the “Sexual Cultures” Series, at New York University Press, with Joshua Chambers-Letson and Tavia Nyong’o. 


Pellegrini is the recipient of the Constance Rourke Essay Prize from the American Studies Association, and an essay she co-wrote with Avgi Saketopoulou was awarded the first Tiresias Paper Award from the International Psychoanalytic Association.

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