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Deidre Butler

Assistant Professor

Degrees:BA, MA, PhD Concordia University
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8106
Office:2A49 Paterson Hall; Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30 Or by appointment


Deidre Butler’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between religion, ethics and gender with a specialization in modern Judaism, Jewish ethics, and feminist thought. Much of her work targets intersectionality (the ways in which the experiences of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of oppression are intertwined) as a key area of ethical concern. Her current research develops Jewish feminist ethical models in conversation with modern Jewish philosophy, feminist ethics and women’s historical experiences during the Holocaust.

She taught for several years at Concordia University in Religion and Women’s Studies before coming to Carleton. She is the Associate Director for the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies.

Research Interests

  • Jewish Feminist Ethics
  • Modern Jewish Philosophy
  • Gender and the Holocaust
  • Contemporary Jewish women

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Courses

  • RELI 3131B – Judaism and Gender (W)
  • RELI 4851A/5851F – Seminar in Western Religions: Holocaust Responses (F)
  • RELI 5801F – Seminar in the Discipline (F)
  • RELI 5908T – Research Essay (F/W)


“Holocaust Studies”, Jewish Women in America: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia, Paula Hyman Deborah Dash-Moore editors, Shalvi Publishing, 2004

“Engendering Questions: Developing Feminist Ethics With Levinas”, editor Laura Duhan Kaplan, Philosophy in the Contemporary World (Spring 2000) 7:1, 13-20

“Jewish History: Modern Authors”, “Modern Jewish Philosophy”, “Modern Jewish History”, The Readers Guide to Judaism . Chicago: Fitzroy and Dearborn. April, 2000

“Book Review: Women’s Holocaust Writing: Memory Imagination. Lilian S. Kremer”, Journal of Religion and Culture , Vol. 13, 1999.

“Book Review: Women in the Holocaust. Eds. Ofer and Weitzman”. Journal of Religion and Culture, Vol. 12, 1998.

“Holocaust Studies”, Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge Publishing. 1998.

“The Pathos of Eros: The Erotic Relation in Buber and Levinas“, Journal of Religion and Culture , Vol. 11, 1997.

“The Feminine: A feminist consideration of Emmanuel Levinas’ ethical philosophy”, Journal of Religion and Culture. Vol. 10, 1996

“And A Tear Fell From Her Eye: Female sexual desire in the rabbinic discourse of sexuality”, Journal of Religion and Culture. Supplementary Volume, 1996.