Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
M.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994
B.A. in Economics and Sociology, University of Michigan, 1992
Pamela Paxton has been named a Senior Faculty Fellow at the RGK Center.
Dr. Paxton is Professor of Sociology and Government and Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Some of her current work considers generosity around the world.
Her current research project, funded by the Templeton/Notre Dame Science of Generosity Initiative, will examine generosity across multiple levels, arguing that a fuller understanding of generosity requires connecting individual orientations toward generosity and choices to behave generously with the wider economic, political, and cultural environment in which both are embedded.
Dr. Paxton received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Economics and Sociology and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Advanced Statistical Techniques and has consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is the author of articles and books on prosocial behavior, women in politics, and quantitative methodology.
Women in politics; pro-social behavior, politics, gender, and methodology.
Chair, Jessie Bernard Award Selection Committee, American Sociological Association (2015)
Chair, Best Paper Award Committee, ASA Global and Transnational Section (2015)
Member, Editorial Board, Socius (2015 - Present)
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy (2014 - 2017)
Member, Editorial Board, Sociological Forum (2013 - 2015)
Member, Global and Transnational Section Council, American Sociological Association (2012 - 2015)
Chair, Best Dissertation Award Committee, APSA Women and Politics Section (2012)
Member, Editorial Board, Social Forces (2011 - 2013)
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (2009 - Present)
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Trust Research (2009 - 2011)
Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Making Electoral Democracy Work (2008 - Present)
Women, Politics and Power: A Global Perspective (2007); Nonrecurisve Models: Endogeneity, Reciprocal Relationships, and Feedback Loops
Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professorship in the Liberal Arts - University of Texas at Austin (2010)
2006 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics - The Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (2007)
Research Grant - National Science Foundation (2006)