Julia Watts Belser is an associate professor of Jewish studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. She specializes in the cultural study of rabbinic narrative, with a focus on gender, sexuality, disability, and ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity. Her work brings classical texts into conversation with queer feminist theory, disability studies theory, and eco-materialist thought. She also works in Jewish feminist ethics, with particular interests in environmental ethics, intersectional politics, disability justice, and disability arts as embodied ethics. An ordained rabbi, Belser writes queer feminist Jewish theology and brings disability culture into conversation with Jewish tradition.

Belser is the author of Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster (Cambridge, 2015) and Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem (Oxford, forthcoming). Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of the Academy of American ReligionHypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; the Journal of Feminist Studies of Religion; and Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology. Her essays, poetry, and cultural criticism can be found in Tikkun; Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture; Midstream; and Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly.


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