Angel Parham, Ph.D.

Angel Adams Parham is the Rev. Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Yale University and her Master and Doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in sociology. Much of her work is in the area of comparative and historical sociology of race, assessing the many ways that the past continues to speak to the present and urging us to contemplate who we have been and who we aspire to be as a national community. This area of research has inspired her interest in re-connecting sociology to its classical roots so that sociology is understood to be a kind of public philosophy animated by questions such as: What is a good society? and What kinds of social arrangements are most conducive to human flourishing? She is the author of American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race (Oxford, 2017) which has won several awards. She has been a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, as well as the recipient of a Fulbright grant. Parham is the co-founder and executive director of Nyansa Classical Community, an organization which provides classical curricula and programming designed to connect with students from diverse backgrounds, inviting them to take part in the Great Conversation, cultivate the moral imagination, and encourage the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.


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