Nakia D. Parker

Fields: 19th Century U.S. Slavery, African American History, American Indian History, Women’s and Gender Studies, Black Life in the American West
Office: 214 Old Horticulture
Phone: 517-884-4918
Email: parke492@msu.edu

Nakia D. Parker is a College of Social Science Dean’s Research Associate. Dr. Parker is a historian of nineteenth-century U.S. slavery, African American, and American Indian history. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Trails of Tears and Freedom: Black Life in Indian Slave Country, 1830-1866 which examines the lives of enslaved and self-liberated individuals of African and Afro-Native descent in Choctaw and Chickasaw communities in nineteenth-century Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). Dr. Parker has written academic journals and essays for the Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, the Oxford Bibliographies of African American Studies, and the East Texas Historical Journal and has a forthcoming article in The Journal of African American History. Her research has received funding and awards from several organizations, including the Association of American University Women (AAUW), the Mellon Scholars Program at the Library Company in Philadelphia, the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of North Texas, the Texas State Historical Association, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the Western History Association, and the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill. Her work has also been featured on several public history websites, including The History Channel, the podcast Teaching Hard History, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Not Even Past and 15 Minute History.

Courses Taught and Prepared to Teach:

  • HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills
  • HST 310 African American History to 1876
  • HST 301 Indigenous-European Encounters in North America
  • HST 281 Atlantic Slavery