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Jennifer Doyle
  • Name:Jennifer Doyle
  • Topic:
    • The Arts: Contemporary Art History, Performance Art, Gender and Sexuality, Sports (men's and women's soccer; homophobia in sports; women's sports), American Literature
  • Title:Professor of English
  • Degree:Ph.D. Duke University, 1999

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Jennifer Doyle has written about the politics of emotion in contemporary art, art controversies, and the politics of gender and sexuality in art and literature. She has published essays on the following artists: Andy Warhol, Thomas Eakins, Tracey Emin, performance artists Vaginal Davis and Ron Athey, Carrie Mae Weems and James Luna. She has also published essays on work by Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville and Edith Wharton. Her art writing has been published in Frieze and Art Journal, as well as on She has written an influential feminist sports blog since 2007 (From a Left Wing). Her sports writing has been published at Salon, in The New York Times, on Fox Soccer's website, and in The Guardian. She co-hosted a daily podcast on the 2010 World Cup for KPFK.


BOOKS Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art. Duke University Press, 2013. Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire. The University of Minnesota Press, 2006. EDITED BOOKS & JOURNALS Editor, The Athletic Issue, a special issue of GLQ. Fall 2013. Co-editor (with Amelia Jones) of New Feminist Theories of Visual Culture, a special issue of Signs. Spring 2006. Co-editor (with Jonathan Flatley and Jose Munoz) of Pop Out: Queer Warhol. Duke University Press, 1996. JOURNAL ARTICLES "City of Angles" in Art Journal (2012); "'Art versus Sport': Managing Desire and the Queer Sport Spectacle" in X-TRA (2009); "Jo March's Love Poems" in Nineteenth Century Literature (2005) "Sex, Scandal, and Thomas Eakins's The Gross Clinic" in Representations (1999) OTHER ARTICLES "Listening to the World Cup" in The 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Impact and Aftermath. University of Michigan Press, 2013. "Municipal de Fútbol" and "Voici Mon Epée" in Municipal de Fútbol. Christof Keller Editions, 2008. "Queer Wallpaper" in Amelia Jones ed., The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945. Blackwell, 2006. "Critical Tears" in Nicholas Baume, ed., Getting Emotional. Boston Institute for Contemporary Art, 2005. "A Thin Line" in Giancarlo Ambrosino et al eds., David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side. Semiotext(e)/MIT, 2006. She is currently writing The Athletic Turn, a book on athleticism, contemporary art and performance, and sports cultures.

Outside Activities:

2013-2014 Distinguished Chair at the University of the Arts, London; Recipient of a 2012 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital | The Andy Warhol Foundation; Recipient of a 2012 Margaret Weiss Publication Award for Hold It Against Me. Professor Doyle is a Directing Member at Human Resources, a non-profit arts space in Los Angeles. She blogs about sports at From a Left Wing, and provides sports commentary on especially soccer and on women's sports. She used to run a men's soccer league in the Ramparts District in Los Angeles.

Languages Spoken:

English, French

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