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Angel Adams Parham

Associate Professor

Angel Adams Parham
Angel Adams Parham

Dr. Parham is associate professor of sociology and the director of the Social Justice Scholars program.  Her research focus is on race, immigration and inequality.  The courses she teaches include: Social Problems; Race, Racism and Privilege; Global Sociology; and African Diaspora Communities and Cultures.  She has a strong interest in bringing together the resources of the university with people and organizations in the New Orleans community and beyond.  She is the co-founder and executive director of Nyansa Classical Community, a faith-based education program which works for the educational enrichment and improved life chances of children from low-income African-American neighborhoods in New Orleans.  She is also a board member of Vision of Hope Ministries which engages in community development in northern Haiti.  She is the author of numerous articles and of the book American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race (Oxford University Press, March 2017).

Nyansa Classical Community:

Vision of Hope:


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2003; M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998; B.A., Sociology, Yale University, 1994

Classes Taught

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

Areas of Expertise

Political sociology, globalization, communications, and culture.