Judith Butler

American philosopher and gender theorist
Judith Butler

Judith Butler (born February 24, 1956) is an American philosopher. She was born in Ohio. She got her PhD in philosophy from Yale University in 1984.[1] She lives in Berkeley, California, with her partner Wendy Brown. In 1990 Gender Trouble was published by Routledge. It is considered one of the key works of contemporary feminism.[2] In the book Butler talks about her theory of gender performativity, which is that gender, along with sex and sexuality, is something you "perform" rather than an expression of human biology.

Early lifeEdit

Butler was born in Ohio. She went to Hebrew school. She studied Philosophy at Yale University.


  1. http://www.egs.edu/faculty/judith-butler/biography/
  2. Butler, Judith (February 15, 1999). "Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity". Routledge – via Open WorldCat.