Joy Ladin

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Joy Ladin (born Jay Ladin) is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution.[1][2] She holds the David and Ruth Guttesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University.[1][2][3] A trans woman, she has two daughters and a son.[4]

Ladin received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2000, her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995 and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York in 1982.[5]

Ladin was assigned male at birth. After receiving tenure in 2006, she opted for gender reassignment because she knew her job was secure with the tenure.[6] In 2007, Ladin transitioned, changed her first name from Jay to Joy[4] and divorced the mother of her children, Christine Benvenuto, whom she had been with for more than twenty years.[4][7][8] When she came out, Yeshiva University put her on leave.[9][10] While on leave, she taught poetry at her alma mater Sarah Lawrence College.[11]

In 2009, Ladin published the poetry collection Transmigration, her first poetry collection published under the name Joy.[4]

In April 2011, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America held a Yom Iyyun, or day of learning, about LGBTQ issues and their intersection with Judaism. Among other things, Ladin gave a talk about her life there.

In 2012, she published the memoir Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.[12]

As of 2012, she has published five books of poetry and one memoir.[13]

Honors and awards[edit]

Ladin was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry and received an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.[14] She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Tel Aviv University in 2012.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog): Joy Ladin: 9780299287306: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
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  3. ^ "Joy Ladin". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d Traps, Yevgeniya (2012-03-16). "Joy Ladin, the first trans professor at Yeshiva, discusses her transition, her travails, and her new memoir". Capital New York. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Yeshiva University provides the highest quality Jewish and secular education of any Jewish university in the world. Our commitment to Torah Umadda means striving for excellenc". Yu.edu. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Joy Ladin - Forward 50 –". Forward.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On: Christine Benvenuto: 9780312649500: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Gender change and a family’s undoing: Shutesbury woman’s memoir stirs controversy". Amherst Bulletin. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Yeshiva University - workplace of Joy Ladin | Jewish Women's Archive". Jwa.org. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  10. ^ Elicia Brown (2013-11-27). "Ode To Joy Ladin". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  11. ^ "Wishing Joy Nachas". Jvoices.Com. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  12. ^ "A Transsexual at Yeshiva University –". Forward.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  13. ^ "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog): Joy Ladin: 9780299287306: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  14. ^ "Yeshiva University provides the highest quality Jewish and secular education of any Jewish university in the world. Our commitment to Torah Umadda means striving for excellence in all academic and Jewish learning". Yu.edu. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  15. ^ "Joy Ladin | JBC book club video chat". Jewishbookcouncil.org. Retrieved 2013-12-05.