Litty H. Paxton, PhD.


Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Litty Paxton received a BA in English and American Literature from the University of East Anglia, a Ph.D. in American Civilization and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Penn. Litty has taught at the University of East Anglia and at Emory University, where she served 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, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and the Thouron Award.

Litty's teaching and research interests include American Culture and Literature, Ritual Studies, Women's Studies, and Creative Non-Fiction. She has written for The American Journal of Sociology, the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has also appeared on film for Michael Moore Live, on air for National Public Radio, and on stage, most recently, in The Vagina Monologues.

In addition to serving as the Director of the Penn Women's Center, Litty teaches for Penn's Annenberg School for Communication and for Penn's Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. She was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Teaching Award in 2006 and she currently teaches Comm 123 "Critical Approaches to Popular Culture." Litty lives on campus, serving as Faculty Fellow for Harnwell College House where she runs, among other things, a Ukulele group. A passionate advocate for sustainable living, Litty is thrilled that her dream project – Penn's first ever Environmental Education Kitchen – is now open for use at the Penn Women's Center.