Brett Krutzsch

Brett Krutzsch, Ph.D., won the prize for an excerpt from his dissertation, titled “The Martyrdom of Matthew Shepard.”

Brett Krutzsch, a College of Liberal Arts Ph.D. graduate in Religion, has been named the recipient of the LGBT Religious Archives Network’s 2014-15 LGBT Religious History Award.

The prize, which is the only award of its kind in the academic study of LGBT religious movements, was given for “The Martyrdom of Matthew Shepard,” which is an excerpt from a chapter of Krutzsch’s dissertation, titled “Martyrdom and American Gay History: Secular Advocacy, Christian Ideas, and Gay Assimilation.”

“I am tremendously honored to receive this award,” Krutzsch says.  “I greatly admire the scholars who received this award in previous years, so I am humbled and thrilled to be included among such an impressive and well-known group. I am extremely thankful for this national recognition that supports scholarship on religion and LGBT history.”

Krutzsch’s dissertation — which he defended with distinction this past in March —investigates the role of religious rhetoric in facilitating American gay assimilation through an analysis of gay martyr discourses from the 1970s through 2014. The project principally examines the archives, narrative representations, memorials, and media depictions of Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard, Tyler Clementi, and AIDS.

Krutzsch, whose paper was selected from 11 papers submitted this year from scholars in the U.S., Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands, is the eighth recipient of the LGBT Religious History Award. LGBT Religious Archives Network jury members Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown, Dr. Heather Rachelle White and Dr. Bernie Schlager described Krutzch’s work as “outstanding analysis of material and sources; interesting thesis and topic with original thought not just reporting what happened or what was said.”

Krutzsch earned a B.A. from Emory University and a M.A. from New York University. Before arriving at Temple, where he served as an Advanced Graduate Scholar at the Center for the Humanities, he was the Assistant Director of Global Programs at New York University.

Recently, Krutzsch accepted a faculty position at the College of Wooster as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

By Joseph Master


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