Bernadette Brooten Joins the Brandeis Faculty in 1993

Bernadette Brooten

Bernadette J. Brooten, a foremost scholar of early Christianity and Judaism, came to Brandeis from Harvard Divinity School in 1993 and is the Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies.   She was the first openly lesbian and first woman to be tenured in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.  Author of the award winning Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (University of Chicago Press, 1996), Professor Brooten was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1998.

The winner of numerous grants and awards, Professor Brooten held fellowships from the Harvard Law School, the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She founded and current directs the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project which aims to create Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sexual ethics rooted in freedom, mutuality, meaningful consent, responsibility, and female (as well as male) pleasure, untainted by slave-holding values. She edited Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies (2010) with the assistance of Jacqueline L. Hazelton.

Brooten studied at the University of Portland (B.A. 1971), the University of Tübingen, Hebrew University, and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1982). She previously taught at the School of Theology at Claremont, the Claremont Graduate School, the University of Tübingen, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Oslo.