Dr. Max Strassfeld (Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Stanford University) specializes in Rabbinic Literature, Transgender Studies, and Jewish Studies. Dr. Strassfeld is an affiliate of the UA Judaic Studies Program. His book project, Transing the Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature, explores eunuchs and androgynes in Jewish law, and pairs classical Jewish texts with intersex autobiography, transgender studies, and theories of queer temporality, in order to argue that the rabbis use these figures to map the boundaries of normative masculinity. In recognition of his work in gender and sexuality, he was awarded the Frankel Fellowship for New Perspectives on Gender and Jewish Life at the University of Michigan in 2013-2014. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion from 2015-2017 and on the editorial board of Reading Religion starting in 2018. He also serves as a member the AAR committee on the Status of LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession from 2015. Dr. Strassfeld teaches a wide range of courses, including Jewish Christian Relations; Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire; Religion and Sex; Gender, Women, and Religion.
Rabbinic literature, Jewish Studies, and Transgender Studies
Explores the parallel and intersecting paths that both Jewish and Christian communities have taken toward theologies of self-identity.
In this course we will analyze attitudes towards sexuality in the major world religions, and focus on the relationship between religion and sexuality in the contemporary U.S. context.