are thrilled to announce that Alison M. Parker is joining us as the new
Chair of the History Department at the University of Delaware.
Professor Parker is a scholar of
women and gender, race, and the law in United States history. She
brings a strong record of scholarship, administrative experience, and a
passion for teaching to this appointment. Professor Parker recently
completed a yearlong residency as an Andrew W. Mellon
Advanced Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of
Race and Difference at Emory University. While there, she worked on the
manuscript of her third historical monograph,
Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press, John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture). Her book
examines the personal struggles, public life, and reform activism of
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), the first president of the National
Association of Colored Women and a co-founder of the National
Association of the Advancement of Colored People.
Unceasing Militant will contribute to a growing body of
scholarship examining the unrecognized interconnections between the
personal lives and public experiences of prominent black women.
Professor Parker previously served as History Chair and as College
Senate President at the College at Brockport, State University of New
York. She is excited about joining the vibrant History department at the
University of Delaware and hopes to build on its outstanding reputation
to recruit and nurture a diverse community
of scholar-teachers as well as undergraduate and graduate students.