Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2003; M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998; B.A., Sociology, Yale University, 1994
In her work Dr. Parham examines current realities and future visions of social and political belonging. Her geographical areas of concentration include the U.S. South and the Caribbean and involve a particular interest in the social and cultural effects of historical and current migrations between them. Dr. Parham’s work is motivated by an interest in how aspects of globalization—with its intensified flows of people, goods, and cultures—challenge traditional modes of belonging while also signaling the potential for new kinds of solidarities. These interests have led to research on regions with high levels of international migration with a focus on how movements of people redefine local and national cultures and forms of belonging. Related to this, Dr. Parham engages in work that considers the possibilities and limits of new communications technologies as we attempt to imagine ourselves in communities and as actors beyond the conceptual and physical borders of the nation-state. She has published in the journals Global Networks, Diaspora, and Social Identities. In addition, she has an essay in the edited volume Geographies of the Haitian Diaspora edited by RegineOstine Jackson and an essay forthcoming in American Creoles edited by Martin Munro.