Litty H. Paxton, PhD.


Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Dr. Litty Paxton received a Ph.D. in American Civilization and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Penn. She has taught at the University of East Anglia and at Emory University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the British Academy, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. She is a Thouron Awardee. Litty has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and appeared on film for Michael Moore Live, on stage in The Vagina Monologues, and on air for NPR.

As Director of the Penn Women's Center since 2008, Litty has spearheaded a variety of programmatic and building initiatives. As co-PI on a Department of Justice Violence Against Women grant, she oversaw the creation of Penn Violence Prevention, a multi-dimensional program offering education, expertise, advocacy, and consultation services on Interpersonal Violence. She established PWC's first ever Lactation room, oversaw the creation of the Center's Garden, and directed an award-winning green project: Penn's first ever Environmental Education Kitchen. To mark the Center's recent 40th Anniversary, Litty launched Voices of Change, a video-series documenting the inspiring stories of a diverse range of Penn women.

In addition to Directing the PWC, Litty serves as adjunct faculty at Penn's Annenberg School for Communication where she teaches a large lecture course, "Critical Approaches to Popular Culture," and an upper-level seminar on Ritual Communication. She has also taught for Penn's Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, the Dept. of English, the Critical Writing Program, and the Social Justice Summer Academy. She received a Distinguished Service Teaching Award in 2006. Litty has served for twelve years as a residential faculty member in Penn's College House system, embracing Penn's mission to extend learning beyond the classroom setting.