Loras College, 2007
B.A., Loras College, 1998
M.S., Texas A&M University, 2003
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2007
A 1998 graduate, Dr. Parks returned to Loras as a faculty member in 2007 after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas A&M University. While at Loras, she majored in Sociology, History, and German, with a minor in International Studies. She lived in Austria from 1998-1999 as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Her varied interests expand to her teaching, where she has taught courses on the sociology of education, social demography, research methods and statistics, social problems, democracy and global diversity, the social construction of whiteness among others. Her research interests often focus on racial and educational inequality. Currently, Dr. Parks is working on a project about the impact of motherhood on academic careers. She also has experience with designing research projects, analyzing data, and consulting on projects.
When she’s not teaching or reading sociology, Dr. Parks enjoys time with her husband and kids. She enjoys travel, films, podcasts, playing board games, knitting, reading, and singing karaoke. She also serves as a Human Rights Commissioner for the city of Dubuque.