Professor Jennifer Paxton, Ph.D.

Professor Jennifer Paxton
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Harvard University
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Dr. Jennifer Paxton is Assistant Director of the University Honors Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of History at The Catholic University of America. She was previously a Professorial Lecturer in History at Georgetown University, where she taught for more than a decade. The holder of a doctorate in history from Harvard University, where she has also taught and earned a Certificate of Distinction, Professor Paxton is both a widely published award-winning writer and a highly regarded scholar, earning both a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a Frank Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship. She lectures regularly on medieval history at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and has also been invited to speak on British history at the Smithsonian Institution and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Professor Paxton's research focuses on England from the reign of King Alfred to the late 12th century, particularly the intersection between the authority of church and state and the representation of the past in historical texts, especially those produced by religious communities. She is currently completing a book, Chronicle and Community in Twelfth Century England, that will be published by Oxford University Press. It examines how monastic historians shaped their narratives to project present polemical concerns onto the past.


"Professor Paxton was very effective at engaging an audience and showing her mastery of the material. I really appreciated the detail that the course went into especially from 1066 to 1485."


"Simply the best! Professor Jennifer Paxton's enthusiasm is infectious! Her command of the period and mastery in story telling engaged our family for the entire lectures. Start a Professor Paxton fan club!"

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