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Marla Brettschneider

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Marla Brettschneider until we are able to commission a full entry.

Marla Brettschneider.

As a political philosopher, Marla Brettschneider examined issues of feminist, queer, class-based, and Jewish political theory and activism. In the 1980s, Brettschneider coordinated a student activist group, the Progressive Zionist Caucus, and later served as executive director for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. Her experience as a lesbian, a Jew, and the adoptive mother of an interracial family informed her writing in books such as The Narrow Bridge: Jewish Views on Multiculturalism, The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, and Democratic Theorizing From the Margins. She is a professor at the University of New Hampshire, holding joint appointments with the departments of political studies, queer studies, and women’s studies, and coordinates both the queer studies and women’s studies programs.

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