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Robert Parker, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology


Professor Robert Parker has written and taught extensively in the areas of urban sociology and the sociology of work. His book Building American Cities (co-authored with Joe R. Feagin) is being reissued by Beard Books. He is also the author of Flesh Peddlers and Warm Bodies: The Temporary Help Industry and its Workers (Rutgers, 1994). In 2002, he published two chapters: "The Social Costs of Rapid Growth in Southern Nevada" (in The Grit Beneath the Glitter edited by Rothman and Davis) and "The Global Economy and Changes in the Nature of Contingent Work" (in Berberoglu, ed. Labor and Capital in the Age of Globalization). Parker enjoys teaching and working with students at all levels and recently added Globalization to the list of courses he offers. He joined the faculty in 1989.

Recent Courses Taught

  • SOC 415 — World Population Problems
  • SOC 443 — Urban Sociology
  • SOC 441 — Social Inequality
  • SOC 429 — Globalization