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Rita A. Hodges
Rita Axelroth Hodges is Assistant Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. In her role as Assistant Director, she supports all aspects of the Netter Center’s mission and operations as a university-wide center working to improve the quality of life in the community while simultaneously advancing research, teaching, learning, and service at the University. Hodges previously worked as an independent consultant in university-community engagement. Her writing and research has focused on the democratic engagement of colleges and universities as anchor institutions.
Hodges has co-authored two books: The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads (2012, with Steve Dubb); and Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century (2017, with Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, John Puckett, Matthew Hartley, Francis E. Johnston, and Joann Weeks). Hodges received her BA in Psychology from Penn in 2005 (summa cum laude) and her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from Penn's Graduate School of Education in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Higher Education Management at the Graduate School of Education.