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Judith Butler Ditches Berkeley For Columbia

01/10/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The eminent philosopher, literary critic, and political activist Judith Butler is coming to New York. She will join Columbia University's English and comparative literature department next fall, the university confirmed this afternoon. Columbia has poached Butler from the University of California at Berkeley, where she has taught since 1993.

Butler, 54, is most famous for two early-'90s books, Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter, that became classics of queer theory, using a post-structuralist framework to theorize gender itself as just one more performance.

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