Paul Jay did his undergraduate work at UCLA and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his MA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD in literature in 1980 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago and has also taught at Caltech, Emory University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Chicago. From 2000-2002 he served as President of Loyola's Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. He served as Chair of Loyola's Committee on Faculty Appointments from 2002-2003, and as Chair of the Faculty Affairs University Policy Committee from 2003-2004. He also served the English Department as Graduate Programs Director from 1990-1994, and as Assistant Chair from 1996-1999. In 1998 he was chosen as Graduate Faculty Member of the Year.