Professor Christopher Parker

Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science at the University of Washington


Chris Parker was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the US Studies Centre from 2014 to 2015. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre in 2014.

Parker (PhD, University of Chicago, 2001) is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. The bulk of his research takes a behavioural approach to historical events. More specifically, he brings survey data to bear on questions of historical import.

His first book, Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (Princeton University Press, 2009), takes a fresh approach to the civil rights movement by gauging the extent to which black veterans contributed to social change. A second book, now underway and using data collected in 1968, examines the ideological and sociological origins of what has come to be known as the urban crisis of the 1960s. In short, it examines the micro-foundations of the disturbances that swept America in the late 1960s.

A Robert Wood Johnson Scholar (2005-07), Parker has published in the Journal of Politics, International Security, Political Research Quarterly, and the Du Bois Review.

We caught up with Christopher Parker during his visit to the US Studies Centre.