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undefinedDonald H. Parkerson


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Phone: 252-328-6058

Office: Brewster A323

Fax: 252-328-6774



Don Parkerson is a social historian interested in the lives of the common folk in the past. He is Professor of History and Distinguished Professor of Teaching. He is the author of The Agricultural Transition in New York State (Iowa State University Press, 1995) and with Jo Ann Parkerson The Emergence of the Common School in the U.S. Countryside (Mellen Press, 1998) and Transitions in American Education: A Social History of Teaching (Routledge/Falmer Press, 2001) and The American Teacher (Routledge Press, 2008). His articles have appeared in Historical Methods, Social Science History and Journal of Family History. He was the Assistant Director of the Family and Community History Center at the Newberry Library in Chicago, has served on the Board of Editors for Social Science History and was the Program Chair for their 2001 meetings in Chicago. He teaches Introduction to American History 1865-Present, the Senior Seminar in History, Quantitative Methods for Historians and the Graduate Seminar Jefferson, Jackson and the Atlantic World.


Selected Publications:

The American Teacher (co-author Jo Ann Parkerson).  Routledge Press, 2008.


Transitions in American Education: A Social History of Teaching (co-author Jo Ann Parkerson).  Routledge/Falmer, 2001.


The Emergence of the Common School in the U.S. Countryside (co-author Jo Ann Parkerson).  Mellen, 1998.


The Agricultural Transition of New York State: Markets, Migration, and Mobility in the Mid-Nineteenth Century.  Iowa State University Press, 1995.


 “American Education through Literature, 1820-1870” (co-author Jo Ann Parkerson).  In Education and American Literature, ed. Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattelmeyer.  Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006.


“American Education” (co-author Jo Ann Parkerson).  In Multiple Approaches to American Society, ed. By Yoneyuki Sugita.  University Education Press, 2005.


Courses Offered:

HIST 1051: American History Since 1877

HIST 4000: Senior Seminar in History

HIST 5950/51: Quantitative Methods for Historians

HIST 6030: Seminar Jefferson, Jackson and the Atlantic World