Chris Parker (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001) is an associate professor, and Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. The bulk of his research takes a behavioral approach to historical events. More specifically, he brings survey data to bear on questions of historical import. His first book, Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (Princeton University Press, 2009),winner of APSA's Ralph J. Bunche Award, takes a fresh approach to the civil rights movement by gauging the extent to which black veterans contributed to social change.A second book, Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton University Press, 2013), explores the beliefs, attitudes, and behavior of the Tea Party. A third book examines the ideological and sociological origins of what has come to be known as the urban crisis of the 1960s. In short, it examines the micro-foundations of the disturbances that swept America in the late 1960s. A Robert Wood Johnson Scholar (2005-07), he has published in the Journal of Politics, International Security, Political Research Quarterly and the Du Bois Review. Parker is the principal investigator of the Multi-State Survey on Race and Politics, and the Director of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Washington.
Prof. Parker on KUOW radio discussing Fighting for Democracy.
In The Press
Prof. Parker radio interview on KPFK Los Angeles (20 Jan. 2014). Discussion of MLK legacy and race, class and economics.
Prof. Parker on CSPAN2 for lecture recorded at Colby College. Book discussion on Change They Can't Believe In . Lively audience discussion.
Prof. Chris Parker interviewed on MSNBC's Disrupt, "Will the Tea Party outlast Pres. Obama?"
Prof. Parker, "Will the Tea Party Outlast Obama?", on the Democracy - A Journal of Ideas web site
Prof. Parker on Background Briefing program, radio station KPFK (LA area), discussing reactionary conservatives and the Tea Party
Prof. Parker in DiePresse.com, "Tea Party will disappear if Obama cedes"
(In German. Google Chrome will translate.)
Prof. Parker in The Washington Post Wonkblog, "The shutdown is a Republican civil war"
Prof. Parker in The National Memo, "Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party And Reactionary Politics In America"
Prof. Parker in The Washington Post Blog, “The Tea Party is better understood as a reactionary conservative force”
Prof. Parker in The Washington Post Wonkblog on the Tea Party movement,
"People don’t fully appreciate how committed the tea party is to not compromising"
Prof. Parker in NYT Opinion on Radical Convervatism
Prof. Parker on WLRN Miami radio interview for "Change They Can't Believe In"
Prof. Parker interviewed on Culture Shocks for Tea Party discussion.
Professor Parker on KUOW for Tea Party discussion (at 27:20 time).
Profs. Barreto and Parker's work on Tea Party discussed in The New Republic, "The Almost-Inevitable Shutdown"
Profs. Barreto and Parker's findings in new book, "Change They Can't Believe In," hightlighted on The New Republic web site.
Prof. Parker's research mentioned on Attackerman.com
Prof. Parker in the Seattle Times, Jerry Large column, "Across the great divide: UW professor looks at the tea party"
Prof. Parker on CNN Opinion site, "Tea Party Rise Will Be Short"
Prof. Parker on Pacifica Radio Los Angeles (at 16:40) discussing the Tea Party and his book on the subject.
Prof. Parker on MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews: Chris Matthews talks with “Black Tea” documentary filmmaker Kevin Dotson and author and professor Christopher Parker about the new documentary that seeks to discover why African Americans are joining the Tea Party despite the strain of racism that the party is accused of containing.
Prof. Parker talking about the Tea Party movement on the Ron Insana radio show (March 30, 2011)
Prof. Parker interviewed about the Tea Party by University of Sydney United States Studies Centre
Prof. Parker on David Sirota radio show discussing the Tea Party movement.
Prof. Parker interviewed on David Sirota radio show (about 2 min. in).