Last updated on: 1/30/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Karla Jay, PhD Biography

Title:
Distinguished Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University
Position:
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Though academics like myself still believe that behavior is socially constructed, most gay men and lesbians I’ve met in the last decade are convinced that their sexual orientation is genetically determined.”

Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, Pace University
  • Recipient, Jefferson Award, Bronze Medal, 2009
  • Ambassador, New York Public Library, LGBTQ Research Collections, 2008
  • Recipient, The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2006
  • Acting Director, Women and Gender Studies, Pace University, 2002-2003
  • Visiting Theorist, Women’s Studies Program, University of Kentucky, 1998-1999
  • Visiting Scholar in Residence, Women’s Studies Program, University of California at Los Angeles, 1996
  • Women and Gender Studies Director, Pace University, 1995-2000
  • Recipient, Lambda Awards Best Lesbian Studies Book, 1995
  • Executive Committee, Division of Gay Studies in Language and Literature, 1988-1992
  • Member, Committee on Gay and Lesbian History
  • Member, National Women’s Studies Association, 1985-1990, 1998-present
  • Member, Radicalesbians, 1970
  • Member, Gay Liberation Front, 1969
  • Member, Redstockings, 1969
Education:
  • PhD, Comparative Literature, New York University, 1984
  • MPhil, Comparative Literature, New York University, 1978
  • AB, French, Barnard College, 1968
Other:
  • Named as one of the 100 most influential lesbians by Out Magazine, 2000
  • Her biography is included in the lesbian encyclopedia Lesbian History and Cultures
  • Featured in the 1999 documentary After Stonewall
  • Legally changed her name from Karla Jayne Berlin to Karla Jay in 1978
  • Helped craft the “The Woman Identified Woman” manifesto in 1970