Judith Baskin, Knight Professor of Humanities, is Department Head and also directs the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon. Professor Baskin is the President of the Association for Jewish Studies. A recipient of the Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1976, she taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1976-88, and at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was Chair of the Department of Judaic Studies from 1988-2000. Dr. Baskin is the author of Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature (2002) and Pharaoh's Counsellors: Job, Jethro and Balaam in Rabbinic and Patristic Tradition (1983). Her edited volumes include Jewish Women in Historical Perspective, now in its second edition (1998), and Women of the Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing (1994). For more information please go to http://www.uoregon.edu/~religion/faculty_descriptions.htm.