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Judith R. Baskin

Judith R. Baskin (born 1950) is a religious studies scholar at the University of Oregon in the United States. She is Associate Dean for Humanities, Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, and the Philip H. Knight Professor of Humanities. She held positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Yale University, and State University of New York at Albany, prior to accepting a faculty position at the University of Oregon in 2000. She was appointed Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences in July, 2009.

Judith Reesa Baskin
Born 1950
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Faculty
Title Philip H. Knight Professor of Humanities
Associate Dean for Humainties
Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies
Spouse(s) Warren Stuart Ginsberg
Awards 2010 National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies and Collections
Academic background
Education Antioch College, Yale University
Thesis Reflections of Attitudes towards the Gentiles in Jewish and Christian Exegesis of Jethro, Balaam, and Job[1] (1976)
Academic work
Discipline Religion
Institutions University of Oregon
University at Albany, SUNY
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Main interests Jewish women; Jewish history, religion and culture


Early life and educationEdit

Judith Reesa Baskin was born in 1950[2] in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Bernard and Marjorie Ann (née Shatz) Baskin.[3]

She earned a baccalaureate degree in 1971 from Antioch College, including a year abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[4] Yale University awarded her a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medieval Studies in 1976.[4]

She is married to Warren Stuart Ginsberg; they have a son and a daughter.[5][6]


From 1976–1988 Baskin taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1991, early in her academic career, she wrote she saw her work adding to "general knowledge of the diversity and richness of Jewish women's pasts".[7]

From 1988–2000 she taught at the University at Albany, SUNY, and served as Chair of the Department of Judaic Studies. Baskin has been at the University of Oregon since 2000 as Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies[8] and Philip H. Knight Professor of Humanities, and in July 2009 she was named Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.[9]

Baskin has written and edited books on topics in Jewish history and culture:[10]

  • Pharaoh's Counsellors: Job, Jethro and Balaam in Rabbinic and Patristic Tradition (1983)
  • Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature (2002)
  • Editor, Jewish Women in Historical Perspective (1991, 1998)
  • Editor, Women of the Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing (1994)
  • Editor, The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture (2011)
  • Co-editor with Shelly Tenenbaum, Gender and Jewish Studies: A Curriculum Guide (1994)
  • Co-editor with Kenneth Seeskin, The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (2010), 2010 National Jewish Book Award winner, first place in anthologies and collections[11]

Selected honors and awardsEdit

Baskin served as President of the Association for Jewish Studies from 2004 through 2006, and is listed as an "Honorary Director" of the association.[4][7][12]

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles campus, awarded Baskin a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, in 2012. The citation noted, "An academic leader, prize-winning teacher and prolific author, Dr. Baskin has taken a scholarly approach to the place of Jewish women in historical perspective."[13]

Baskin's record of scholarship and research has earned other honors:[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Former Graduate Students - Medieval Studies". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Who's Who of American Women". New Providence, NJ: Marquis(TM). 1999. Retrieved 2016-08-26. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Arnold, Steve (April 2008). "Temple Anshe Sholom honours Rabbi Baskin" (PDF). Hamilton Jewish News. 22:3. Retrieved 2016-08-27. Baskin actually took up his first post, in Denver, Colorado, before he officially graduated.One outcome of that experience was his marriage to Marjorie Shatz (1927-2005)...Baskin's daughter Judith, a distinguished professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oregon, calls him a man who is honoured because he honours others. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Vitae, Judith R. Baskin" (PDF). University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  5. ^ Ginsberg, Warren (June 2008). "Beowulf without Footnotes: Senior Medievalist, James Earl, to Retire - Remarks by Warren Ginsberg" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-27. ...when it started to seem possible my wife Judith Baskin (Professor of Judaic Studies) and I might come here, I got his book. 
  6. ^ Ginsberg, Warren (1999). Dante's Aesthetics of Being. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan Press. pp. xi. ISBN 0472109715 – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ a b "December: Judith - Some Highlighted Judiths - Jewish Women's Archive". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  8. ^ "New York scholar heads Judaic studies program". The Daily Emerald. 2000-09-29. Archived from the original on 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2016-03-27 – via Daily Emerald Archives. 
  9. ^ "Judith Baskin - Department of Religious Studies". University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religion. 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  10. ^ "Judith R. Baskin". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  11. ^ Sher, Cindy. "JUF News : Northwestern Professor Kenneth Seeskin wins National Jewish Book Award". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  12. ^ "Association for Jewish Studies - Jewish Virtual Library". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Judith R. Baskin Receives Honorary Degree at HUC-JIR Graduation - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion". 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  14. ^ "NJBA Winners". Retrieved 2016-05-31. 

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