Independent Minds, Working Together
Jeffrey W. Parker

Jeffrey W. Parker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: History
Phone: 330-287-1928
Office Address: 119 Kauke


  • B.A., University of Oregon 2002
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2013

Coures Taught

  • HIST 201: Latin America and The United States
  • HIST 275: Latin American History in Film

Honors and Awards

  • University of Texas History Department Research Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • Lozano Long Travel Award for Dissertation Research, 2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

Teaching and Research Interests

My research centers on the interconnected histories of the United States, Panama, and the Caribbean. Thematically I am interested in questions of empire-building, migration and the intersections of race, class, and sex.  My book project, Empire's Angst, explores the issue of prostitution in Panama from the perspectives of sex workers, cabaret entrepreneurs, Afro-Caribbean political activists, U.S. officials, and Panamanian authorities.  It utilizes court records, local newspapers, and government correspondences from archives in the U.S. and Panama.

My teaching interests include cultural histories of the United States and Latin America.  In addition to teaching survey courses on colonial and modern Latin America, I also enjoy teaching courses on history through film, the history of labor and commodities, and the history of Afro-Americas.   My courses seek to introduce students to the discipline of history while engaging them in debates about the past and present.