Kai Perry Parker

Department of History

Kai Perry Parker is a 4th year Ph.D student in the Department of History at the University of Chicago, specializing in African American history, twentieth century U.S. history, and the intersection of transnational American studies with racial, national, and religious diaspora history. His research interests include African American music, the cultural politics of liberalism and conservatism, black religious internationalism, Catholic interracialism, Afrofuturism, intercultural education, urban history, black Chicago, and the long civil rights movement. Kai is also an archivist in the Harsh Archival Processing Project at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, and an assistant editor of Spook Magazine. Before attending graduate school, Kai graduated from Bowdoin College, where he received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and then worked in the SEEK (“The Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge”) Program at the City College of New York.