Anthony Parent
Anthony Parent
Office: Tribble B-107
Phone: 336.758.6132
Region: Africa
Theme: Cultural and Intellectual History


Anthony Parent is Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies.   He teaches American, African and World History.  His scholarly focus areas are African America, Colonial America, and the History of Sexuality.  His current research includes Virginia Slave society, a history of slave rebellion, and slavery and memory.  He serves on the MESDA Advisory Board and is assisting their interpretation of rooms where Harriet Jacobs lived.  Parent received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and his MA and Ph.D. from UCLA.  Parent was inducted into the LMU Athletic Hall of Fame (Loyola Lions 1969 Football) in 2003. He has taught at UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego before coming to Wake Forest University in 1989.  He is married to Eugenia (Gigi) Parent and father of two sons Anthony and Frederick.  Parent is author of Foul Means (2003) and co-author of Old Dominion New Commonwealth (2007).


B.A.       Loyola Marymount University 1973
M.A.      UCLA 1976
Ph.D.    UCLA 1982

Academic Appointments:
Wake Forest University.  Professor (2007-present); Associate Professor (1994-2007); Assistant Professor (1989-1993)
UCLA.  Lecturer (1987-1989)
UC Irvine.  Lecturer (1987-1988)
UC San Diego.  Lecturer (1984-1986)
California Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Lecturer (1981)
California State University, Dominquez Hills.  Lecturer (1981)

Administrative Appointments:
Interim Department Chair, Fall 2000

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  • HST 104 World Civilizations to 1500
    This course surveys the major civilizations of the world in the modern and contemporary periods.
  • HST 105 Africa in World History
    This course examines the continent of Africa from prehistory to the present in global perspective, as experienced and understood by Africans themselves. Their traditions, religions, migrations, economies, and civilizations have all developed in relationship to other regions and peoples of the world. The pressures of the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean economies, the slave trades, and colonial domination have elicited responses of accommodation, resistance, revolt and independence.
  • HST 110 The Atlantic World since 1500
    This course examines the major developments that have linked the civilizations bordering the Atlantic Ocean from 1500 to the present. Themes include exploration; commerce; European colonization and indigenous responses; disease; religious conversion and revivalism; mestizo and creole culture; imperial warfare; enlightenment; revolution; slavery and abolition; extractive economies; nationalism; ‘scientific racism’; invented traditions; the black diaspora and negritude; decolonization; the Cold War; segregation and apartheid; dictatorship; neoliberalism; and globalization.
  • HST 240 African-American History
    In this course we will study the struggle of African Americans for freedom, citizenship, and identity in an oppressive racial system.  This 400-year history includes an analysis of oppression, race relations, cultural and religious expressions, political activities for civil rights, autonomy, and free territory, and connections to the African diaspora.  The intersection of family history, race, class, gender, and sexuality reveal a distinctive American experience.
  • HST 341 Africans in the Atlantic World 1750-1815
    This course investigates the African experience on both sides of the Atlantic from 1750 to 1815, when Africans made up eighty percent of the immigrants to the Americas.  Using histories and primary sources, this course examines the Africans’ encounters with American Indians and Europeans in the colonies and their adjustment to slave traders in West Africa.
  • HST 375 Historical Black Biography
    This course explores both the lived experience and the historical reality of African Americans. Black lives are profoundly shaped by their group experience, influenced in no small part by the role of racism. The biographical approach individuates historical figures struggling to fashion identity. Topics include character development, intimacy, gender roles, public and private personas, self-deceptions or defenses, and personal perceptions and biases.
  • HST 376 Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements
    The purpose of this class is to grapple with the struggle of African Americans for liberation from 1941-1975.  During this period African Americans organized mass movements for equality, cultural reclamation, political power, and community control that had national and international ramifications.  Activists struggled for the national conscience.  Nonviolent direct action mobilized communities demanding full participation in American society; violent revolutionist rallied city dwellers fighting for a separate nation.  These alternative movements reflect the ambivalent identity of Africans in America struggling for liberation. The themes include the impact of mass demonstration and urban riot in modern society, sports heroes and societal change, communities organizing for change, social stratification of race, social implications for religious and political institutions, the sociology of violence and nonviolence in social movements, the relationship between media and movement, public policy and social conflict, gendered and class relations in organizational structure and leadership, the social implications of childhood and youth in  mass movements, war and societal change, and prisons and redemption.
  • HST 378 Race, Memory and Identity
    This course explores the collective memory and identity of American-Indian and African-American communities and their response to historical trauma in their cultural imagination, spirituality, and political and social activism.

Monographs and Edited Collections

  • Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia): Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
  • Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent Jr., and William G. Shade, Old Dominion New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 (Charlottesville, Virginia; University of Virginia Press, 2007)

For a complete list of publications, click CV.