YU Faculty Profile: Dr. Joy Ladin

By: Bina Davidson on behalf of Features Staff  |  December 20, 2020

By Bina Davidson on behalf of Features Staff

Each month, the YU Observer aims to highlight a YU faculty member. For the November edition, the YU Observer is highlighting Dr. Joy Ladin.

Name: Joy Ladin

Department: English

Educational Background/Qualifications: Ph.D. in American Literature, Princeton University; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Hometown: Rochester, NY

How long have you worked at YU?: Since 2003

What got you passionate about your field?: I started writing rhymes as soon as I learned to write. To me, it seemed like something electric, world-changing, happened whenever I wrote a poem. It still feels that way. I have never stopped writing, and reading, and I love sharing that excitement with others.

What do you like about working at YU?: I’ve taught at many institutions, but I’ve never worked with students I liked or admired more.

How has COVID/Zoom affected the way your classes function?: I miss free-flowing discussions — that’s my favorite part of teaching — and haven’t figured out how to do those through Zoom.

Do you have any advice for students interested in a career in your field?: I have a lot of advice for those interested in careers in writing or teaching — please contact me if you want to talk! But the one short piece of advice that applies to both is: whatever you do, keep your delight in what you do alive, and remember that both are acts of love.

What is one thing you want students to know about you?: I would want them to know that to me, it really is a miracle and privilege to see my students learn and grow. It really is a miracle and a privilege to see them learn and grow.

Is there a YU professor you admire who you would like to see highlighted in future editions? Email us at theyuobserver@gmail.com.