Alison Parker, Professor of History in the History Department at the University of Delaware
Professor of History
University of Delaware
236 John Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Alison M. Parker is the Chair and a Professor of History at the
University of Delaware. She has research and teaching interests at the
intersections of gender, race, disability, citizenship and the law in U.S.
history. She majored in art history and history at the University of
California, Berkeley and earned a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. 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. 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. Parker is the author of two historical 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 has also co-edited three
anthologies and authored numerous articles and book chapters. While a faculty
member at the State University of New York, College at Brockport, Parker was awarded
the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (2012).
Her next book project is a study of the civil rights activist, Mary Hamilton, the
first female field director for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Parker serves
as the founding editor of the Gender
and Race in American History book series for the University of Rochester
Press. As Chair of the History Department at the University of Delaware, Parker is committed to building a coalition of students,
faculty, and staff promoting a wide-ranging anti-racism agenda. She is
trained to lead
antiracism and racial justice workshops and community conversations and
will work to recruit and retain a diverse community of faculty and
- Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, History, 1993.
- M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, History, 1990.
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley, History and the History of Art, Phi Beta
- Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell, Forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press, John Hope Franklin Series in African
American History and Culture.
- Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century American Women on Race, Reform, and the State, Northern Illinois University Press, January 2010. https://www.niupress.niu.edu/niupress/Scripts/Book/bookResults.asp?ID=546
- Purifying America: Women, Cultural Reform, and Pro-Censorship Activism, 1873-1933, University of Illinois Press, 1997.
- Edited Books
- Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History, edited by Alison M. Parker & Carol Faulkner (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester
Press, 2012, paperback 2014).
- Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the U.S. South and Southwest, edited by Stephanie Cole and Alison M. Parker, Texas A&M University Press, 2004.
- Women and the Unstable State in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Alison M. Parker and Stephanie Cole, Texas A&M University Press, 2000.
- Book Series Editor
- "'The Picture of Health': The Public Life and Private Ailments of Mary Church Terrell,"
in a special issue of the Journal of Historical Biography guest edited by Alison M. Parker, entitled "Disability and Disclosure: The Body,
Secrets, and Women's Biography," (2013). www.ufv.ca/jhb/Volume_13/Volume_13_TOC.pdf
- "Frances Watkins Harper and the Search for Women’s Interracial Alliances,” in Susan B. Anthony and the Struggle for Equal Rights, edited by Mary Huth and Christine Ridarsky (University of Rochester Press, 2012).
- "Clubwomen, Reformers, Workers, and Feminists of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era,"
in Women's Rights in the Age of Suffrage: People and Perspectives, edited by Crista DeLuzio (New York: ABC-CLIO, 2009).
- "Women Activists and the US Congress, 1870s-1920s," in The American Congress: Building of Democacy, edited by Julian Zelizer, (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004).
- "The Case for Reform Antecedents to the Woman Suffrage Movement," in Votes for Women: A Concise History of the Suffrage Movement, Oxford University Press, 2002.
- "'What We Do Expect the People Legislatively to Effect': Frances Wright, Moral Reform,
and State Legislation" in Women and the Unstable State in Nineteenth-Century America, edited by Alison M. Parker and Stephanie Cole, Texas A&M University Press, 2000.
- "'Hearts Uplifted and Minds Refreshed': The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and
the Production of Pure Culture," in Journal of Women’s History, Summer 1999.
- "Mothering the Movies: Women Reformers and the Censorship of Popular Culture," in
Movie Censorship and American Culture, edited by Francis Couvares, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
- Digital Articles
- "Mary Church Terrell" peer-reviewed biographical essay for the series "Black Women
and Suffrage" for the Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-200 website, edited by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and Thomas Dublin (Alexander Street Press,
- “Mary Church Terrell’s International Perspective on U.S. Race Relations,” peer-reviewed
article with a fully transcribed Primary Source Document Project for the Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 website, edited by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin (Alexander Street Press,
- Review Essays
- "Intersecting Histories of Gender, Race, and Disability, "Journal of Women's History (Spring 2015, Vol. 2y, Issue 1).
- "Twentieth-Century Transformations: Sexualities Defined and Sexual Expression Expanded"
Reviews in American History (June 2014).
- “Reading Race Through U.S. Women’s Biographies,” in the Journal of Women’s History (Autumn, 2012 V. 24, Issue 3).
- "The Alcotts and the Wilders: Revealing Family Histories,” for Reviews in American History (December 2010).
- "The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848: A Pivotal Moment in Nineteenth-Century America."
Reviews in American History (Sept. 2008).
- "Women's Rights and 'Speech Communities' in American Legal History," Reviews in American History, Vol. 31, N.1 (March 2003).
Recent Conference Presentations
- Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of
Mary Church Terrell Film Screening and Rountable Discussion. Berkshire
Conference on the History of Women, Gender & Sexualities, Spring
- “Mary Church Terrell and Black
Women’s Cross-Class Collaborations,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History,
- “Connecting Contemporary U.S.
Elections with Histories of Working-Class Women’s Political Mobilization,”
Roundtable Participant, Organization of American History, Spring 2019.
Recent Invited Talks
- Keynote Panel for the
Massachusetts Historical Society Conference “’Shall Not Be Denied’: The 15th
and 19th Amendments at the Sesquicentennial and Centennial of Their Ratifications,”
- “Black Women’s Suffrage Activism:
1913-1921,” for the 1619-1919-2019 Landmark Moments in African American
History and Culture, Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the University of Texas at Austin,
- “Mary Church Terrell’s Black Feminism,”
Boston Seminar, African American History Seminar Series,
Co-Sponsored by the New England Biography Series, Massachusetts Historical Society, Fall 2019.
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