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Heather R. Parker, Ph.D.

Chair of Social Sciences Department

Associate Professor of History


Dr. Heather Parker serves as Associate Professor of History and as Chair of Saint Leo University's Social Sciences Department, which includes History, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. Prior to joining Saint Leo, Dr. Parker was Assistant Professor of History and Honors Program Mentor at Hofstra University in New York. She also served as a History and Culture Consultant for Cendant Intercultural Service, teaching foreign nationals joining U.S. companies about American culture, history and practices to ease their adjustment to life in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Parker worked as a History Specialist for the Mountbatten Institute, which brings young adult British professionals to New York City to live, work and pursue graduate-level study in the U.S.

Dr. Parker is an active member within her community. Together with her husband, she has created a program called Aspire, which mentors promising underprivileged students from several universities, guiding them toward graduate school and on to productive careers.


  • Ph.D. in U.S. History – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (1996)


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Florida Conference of Historians

Research Interests

  • 20th century interethnic political interaction
  • Presidential rhetoric
  • Politics of inclusion
  • Obesity in America

Courses Taught

  • The History of the American West
  • The Political History of the Modern Olympic Games
  • American Sports in Historical Perspective
  • African American History
  • Racial and Ethnic Groups in America
  • Urban Riots