Education & Background:

  • Doctor of Philosophy – Claremont Graduate University
  • Master of Arts – Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Science – Cornell University

Dr. David Parker is a scholar of American History. He has been published in The Encyclopedia of World History and in the Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife. Dr. Parker chaired the Networks of Philanthropy Conference for the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University in 2010. Earlier in his career he worked as a media director for the Ford & Vaamonde/Grey Hispanic Agency and as a media planning officer for Bank of America.


  • Polished Apple Award
  • Claremont Graduate University Dissertation Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities


  • American Historians Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Los Angeles History Research Group at Huntington Library
  • National Social Science Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Phi Alpha Theta, International Honor Society in History
  • Southwest Historical Association


  • Multiple Contributions – The Encyclopedia of World History
  • “Jose Sarria,” “Mattachine Society,” “Sylvester,” “Bayard Rustin,” and “Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas,” The Encyclopedia of Gay Folklife, M. Weems, Ed. (Ogden: Utah State University Press, March 2011)

Additional Information:


  • “Hollywood as Citizen: Disney, The Auto Club and the Federal Art Projects,” Center for the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University, 10 April 2010
  • “Initiative, Referendum and Inequality: The Voter and Minority Civil Rights,” National Social Science Association, 6 October 2009
  • “Degenerate Art and Premature Anti-Fascists: A Benefit for the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League for the Defense of American Democracy,” Southwestern Historical Association, 10 April 2009
  • “Is South Florida the New Southern California? Carl Hiaasen’s Dystopian Paradise,” National Popular Culture & American Culture Conference, 9 April 2009.