Faculty Profiles

Christine Littleton

Christine A. Littleton

Professor of Law and Women's Studies Emerita
B.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1974
J.D. Harvard, 1982
UCLA Faculty Since 1983

A professor of law and women's studies, Christine Littleton has taught at UCLA since 1983.  Her primary research field is feminist legal theory, and she has led courses in employment discrimination, critical race theory, disability rights and sexual orientation.  She helped develop the UCLA School of Law's policies and procedures on accommodations for students with disabilities, and has served on faculty advisory committees for the Women's Law Journal and for UCLA's Critical Race Studies program and Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Law.

Professor Littleton joined UCLA after serving as law clerk to Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  She began teaching in the women's studies interdepartmental program in 1985 and served as chair for several terms.  From 2008 - 2010, she served as founding chair of the Department of Women's Studies, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses.  She also was interim director of the Center for the Study of Women from 2003 to 2006.

Professor Littleton has served on Chancellor's advisory committees on the gay and lesbian community, on working groups and task forces on disability issues, and recently on the Academic Programs Task Force.  She also has been active in the community as a founding member of the Board of the California Women's Law Center and a volunteer attorney for several nonprofit civil rights organizations.  She has conducted or overseen investigations for the university and the City of Los Angeles involving allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion and disability, conducted trainings on sex and sexual orientation discrimination and served as special master or consultant for major settlements in cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice concerning housing and public accommodations discrimination.  Littleton earned a bachelor's degree with highest distinction in secondary education and communications from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Harvard University.