B.A., Emory University
Ph.D., Temple University
Brett Krutzsch is a scholar of religion in the United States and an expert on LGBTQ politics and religion. His first book, Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. The book examines how secular LGBTQ activists used public mourning and memorialization as strategies to influence political debates over LGBTQ rights and to promote assimilation. The book focuses on the memorialization of Matthew Shepard, Harvey Milk, Tyler Clementi, Brandon Teena, and F. C. Martinez, the It Gets Better Project, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the Pulse nightclub shooting. Throughout, Krutzsch counters the common perception that religion and LGBTQ politics have been oppositional and, instead, demonstrates how secular activists used religion to bolster the argument that gays are essentially the same as straights and, therefore, deserving of equal rights.
Dr. Krutzsch is currently co-editing a new book entitled Queer Jews on TV: "Transparent" and the Changing Landscape of Jewish Popular Culture with Nora Rubel that uses the show Transparent to analyze transgender representation, queer politics, and Jews in America in the twenty-first century. He is also co-authoring a book chapter with Samira Mehta that compares Jewish institutional responses to interfaith marriage with Jewish institutional responses to same-sex marriage. His newwest research examines religious, racial, and queer communal responses to Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders’s recommendations for sex education in America’s public schools that led to her forced resignation in 1994, as well as the rise of "religious freedom" bills and rhetoric as a strategy to counter LGBTQ political advances.