Judith Butler

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Date of Birth February 24, 1956
Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio
Age 64 years old
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Judith Butler

Judith Pamela Butler is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics, and the fields of third-wave feminist, queer, and literary theory. In 1993, she began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has served, beginning in 1998, as the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory. She is also the Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School. Butler is best known for her books Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, in which she challenges conventional notions of gender and develops her theory of gender performativity. This theory has had a major influence on feminist and queer scholarship. Her works are often studied in film studies courses emphasizing gender studies and performativity in discourse.

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About Judith Butler

Modern philosopher most recognized for her published works on feminist and queer theory.

Before Fame

She graduated from Yale University where she obtained her Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1984.


She was awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Award in 2012 for her work on political theory, gender studies, and moral philosophy.

Family Life

Her family was residing in Cleveland, Ohio, when she was born.


She taught classes on Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley for many years, the same school soap opera actress Molly Stanton once attended.

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