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Sheri Parks

Associate Dean and Associate Professor
College of Arts and Humanities
Primary Expertise: 
American Culture
Gender and Race

Sheri Parks is the associate dean for research, interdisciplinary scholarship and programming for the College of Arts and Humanities, and an associate professor of American studies.

Parks’ research focuses on public aesthetics and the ways in which people find and create meaning and beauty in their everyday lives, with specific emphasis on race, gender and social class. She also studies popular culture as public mythology and its effect upon individuals, families and minority cultures.

Parks is a frequent public speaker and has appeared in and on national and local media. She has long been a radio host on both WYPR and WTMD and currently serves as a regular contributor to WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks. 

She is the author of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture.

Ph.D. Communication Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M.A. Communication Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
B.A. English and Radio, Television and Motion Pictures, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill