Josephine G. Hendin, PhD

Josephine Hendin

Title: Tiro A. Segno Professor of Italian American Studies (Retired)
Company: New York University
Location: New York, New York, United States

Josephine G. Hendin, PhD, Retired Tiro A. Segno Professor of Italian American Studies at New York University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in language and higher education.

Interested in literature from a formative age, Dr. Hendin always enjoyed spending time in her local library and reading books. Fascinated by the notion of being taken away into a fictional world where anything is possible, she desired to delve more professionally into the career. Attending the City College of New York, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. Thereafter, she received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University in 1965 and 1968, respectively. Commencing her career as an assistant professor at Yale University for one year between 1968 and 1969, she subsequently served as an adjunct professor at the New School for Social Research for a decade before starting her tenure at New York University. Serving as a professor beginning in 1979, she was promoted to the role of Tiro A. Segno professor of Italian American studies in 2001, a role she held until her retirement in 2010.

Dr. Hendin cites being the chair of the English department at New York University to be the absolute highlight of her career, a position she held from 1995 to 1999. In her position, she most enjoyed creating curriculum for students. Likewise, she also served as the director of the Expository Writing Program at the university in 1983. A member of the Modern Language Association, Italian American Historical Association and the National Book Critics Circle, she has also authored several books, such as “The Right Thing to Do,” which won an American Book Award in 1989. She also contributed articles to professional journals and edited “Concise Companion to Postwar American Literature and Culture” in 2004.

In light of her exceptional undertakings, Dr. Hendin has accrued numerous accolades and honors. The recipient of numerous fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Columbia University, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Vera List Center, she received the Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Award from the National Order of Sons and Daughters of Columbus from 1983 to 1984. Likewise, she was recognized in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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