Angel Adams Parham

Professor / Writer / Speaker

Loyola University-New Orleans

Angel Adams Parham is the Rev. Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans.  She works in the area of historical sociology, engaging in research and writing that examine the past in order to better understand how to live well in the present and envision wisely for the future.  This research focus is rooted in her interest in re-connecting sociology to its classical roots so that sociology is understood to be a kind of public philosophy animated by questions such as: What is a good society? and What kinds of social arrangements are most conducive to human flourishing? She is the author of American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race (Oxford, 2017), which was co-winner of the Social Science History Association’s Allan Sharlin Memorial book award (2018)  and co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s Barrington Moore book award in comparative-historical sociology (2018). She has been a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, as well as the recipient of a Fulbright grant. She is also the co-founder and executive director of Nyansa Classical Community, which provides curricula and programming designed to connect with students from diverse backgrounds, inviting them to take part in the Great Conversation, cultivate the moral imagination, and pursue truth, goodness, and beauty.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D in Sociology, 2003

University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.S. in Sociology, 1998

Yale University

B.A. in Sociology, 1994

Employment

Rev. Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Distinguished Professor of Social Science

Loyola University-New Orleans, 2018-Present

Director

Social Justice Scholars program, 2014-Present

Associate Professor of Sociology

Loyola University-New Orleans, 2010-Present

Member School of Social Science

Institute for Advanced Study, 2011-2012

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Loyola University-New Orleans, 2003-2010

Chair, African and African American Studies Program

Loyola University-New Orleans, 2007-2012

Honors and Awards

Co-winner, Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award, 2018

Social Science History Association, for American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race, (Oxford, 2017)

Co-winner, Barrington Moore Prize in Comparative and Historical Sociology, 2018

American Sociological Association for American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race, (Oxford, 2017)

Honorable mention Thomas & Znaniecki Best Book Award, 2018

International Migration Section, American Sociological Association for American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race, (Oxford, 2017)

Community Service Award, 2018

From the College of Arts and Sciences for excellence in community-based teaching and research

Dr. Jon Altschul Faculty Senate Award, 2018

For Community Engagement for connecting research and teaching to the New Orleans community

LA Creole Recognition Award, 2018

For “extraordinary contributions to the enduring good of our community as teacher, author, historian, and promoter of social justice in our community and beyond” for the book American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race

Recent Teaching

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social and Political Inequality
  • Global Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • African Diaspora Communities and Cultures
  • Introduction to Haitian Society and Culture

Professional Societies

  • American Sociological Association
  • Social Science History Association
  • Haitian Studies Association

Professional Service

  • Award Committee, Allan Sharlin Memorial book award given by the Social Science History Association, 2020-2021

  • Associate editor, Principia: A Journal of Classical Education, 2020

  • Award Committee, Barrington Moore book award given by the Comparative-Historical section of the American Sociological Association, 2019

Service to the University

  • College Rank and Tenure Committee, College of Arts and Sciences (2018-Present)
  • Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (2017-Present)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (2013-Present)
  • African and African American Studies Committee (2004-Present)
  • Director, African and African American Studies Program (2007-2012)
  • Common Curriculum Implementation Task Force CCITF (2009-2011)
  • Chair of the sub-committee on Mission for the CCITF (2009-2011)
  • Chair of the Sub-committee on Implementation for the Common Curriculum Review Committee (2009)
  • Common Curriculum Review Task Force (2007-2009)
  • Center for International Education Committee, Internationalization of the University (2007-2008)
  • Advisor, Black Student Union (2007-2008)
  • College of Social Sciences Curriculum Committee (2006-2009)
  • Member, Interim Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee (2008)
  • Committee for International Education Policy (2004-2005)

Service to the Community

Board member, Hermann Grima+Gallier Historic Houses (2020-Present)

  • Advisory board member, Sager Classical Academy, Arkansas (2020-Present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Southern History Project (2017-Present)
  • Co-founder and Executive Director, Nyansa Classical
    Community (2014-Present)
  • Board member, Vision of Hope Ministries VOHM (2007-Present)
  • Member, Steering Committee for the creation of the
    Univérsité Internationale en Haiti (2010-2015)
  • Board member, Health and Educational Alliance of Louisiana HEAL (2013-2014)
  • Story coordinator, People and Stories based in Trenton, NJ (2012-2014)
  • Advisory Committee member, Urban Impact Leadership Academy (2007-2008)
  • Member, United States-based committee for the University of Fondwa in Haiti (2004-2006)