|Position:||Richards Professor of American History & Chair, Department of History|
Alison M. Parker is Chair and Richards Professor of American History at the University of Delaware. She double majored in art history and history at the University of California, Berkeley and earned a Ph.D. in history from the Johns Hopkins University. Parker teaches about the intersections of gender, race, disability, citizenship and the law in U.S. history. In 2017-2018, Parker was an Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University, where she worked on her current book project, a biography of the civil rights activist and suffragist Mary Church Terrell. Her book, Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press in its John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. Her op-ed “When White Women Wanted a Monument to Black ‘Mammies,’” appeared in the New York Times Sunday Review. Among other publications, Parker has two monographs, Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State (2010) and Purifying America: Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship Activism, 1873-1933 (1997). She is committed to building a coalition of students, faculty, and staff who are promoting a wide-ranging anti-racism agenda.