Jack Halberstam

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Jack Halberstam
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Halberstam presenting a talk in 2011.
Date of birth December 15, 1961
Nationality American
Pronouns he/him, she/her
Gender identity "my gender ambiguity [...] has become a kind of identity for me."[1]
Occupation professor and author

Jack Halberstam, also known as Judith Halberstam, is a tenured Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University. Prior to this appointment in 2017, Halberstam was a Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature and the Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California (USC). Halberstam was the Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California at San Diego before working at USC. Halberstam is a gender theorist, queer theorist, and author.

Halberstam lectures in the United States and internationally on queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film and animation. Focusing on the topic of tomboys and female masculinity for his writings, his 1998 book Female Masculinity discussed a common by-product of gender binarism, termed "the bathroom problem" with outlining the dangerous and awkward dilemma of a perceived gender deviant's justification of presence in a gender-policed zone, such as a public bathroom, and the identity implications of "passing" therein.

Halberstam accepts "he/him" and "she/her" pronouns, and the name "Judith" or "Jude" in addition to "Jack".[2]

Halberstam is also Jewish.[3]

Books published[edit | edit source]

  • Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters - 1995
  • Female Masculinity - 1998
  • The Drag King Book - 1999, with co-author Del LaGrace Volcano
  • In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives - 2005
  • The Queer Art of Failure - 2011
  • Gaga Feminism - 2012
  • Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability - 2018

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Halberstam, Jack (3 September 2012). "On Pronouns". jackhalberstam.com. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  2. Sexsmith, Sinclair (1 February 2012). "Jack Halberstam: Queers Create Better Models of Success". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  3. Aviv, Caryn. "Twice Blessed: Jewish and Gay in the 21st Century". My Jewish Learning. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
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