Dr. Max Strassfeld (Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Stanford University) specializes in Rabbinic Literature, History of Sexuality, and Religious Studies Theory and Method. Dr. Strassfeld is an affiliate of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, with his research and teaching expertise in LGBTQI issues in religion and transgender studies. Dr. Strassfeld is also a faculty affiliate of the UA Judaic Studies Program. His book project, Classically Queer: Eunuchs and Androgynes in Rabbinic Literature, explores the function of the eunuchs and androgynes featured widely 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. Dr. Strassfeld teaches a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Judaism; Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire; Sex and the Body in Medieval Religion; Gender, Women, and Religion; and LGBTQI Issues in Religion.
Assistant Professor (on leave 2017-2018)
Rabbinic literature, Jewish Studies, and Transgender Studies