Department of Sociology

Parker, Keith

213C Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3220 • 

Dr. Keith Parker, Professor of Sociology, has been at the University of Georgia since 2003. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Mississippi State University in 1986. His most recent work examines educational aspirations, social and applied demography, social movements and social stratification.


  • Ph.D., Sociology (Major), Computer Science (Minor), Mississippi State University, 1986
  • M.A., Sociology, Mississippi State University, 1981
  • B.A., Psychology (Major), Sociology (Minor), Delta State University, 1978
  • East Central Junior College, Decatur, MS, 1975

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Peach State Alliances for Minority Participation. National Science Foundation - Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. $4,998,762 (November 2005 - October 2010).

Selected Publications

  • Parker, Keith D. 2003. Achieving Diversity in Graduate Education: Impact of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.” Negro Educational Review 54: 47-50.
  • Zamboanga, Byron L., Christmas N. Covell, Sarah J. Kepple, Richard D. Soto, and Keith D. Parker. 2002. “White Students' Perceptions of Affirmative Action in Graduate Admissions: Directions for Programming and College Personnel Development.” Journal of College Admission 176: 22-30.
  • Parker, Keith D., Thomas Calhoun, and Greg Weaver. 2000. "Factors Associated With Alcohol Use: A Multi-Ethnic Comparison." The Journal of Social Psychology 140: 51-62.
  • Aaron, Vanetta, Keith D. Parker, Thomas Calhoun, and Suzanne Ortega. 1999. "The Extended Family as a Source of Support Among African Americans." Challenge 10: 23-36.
  • Parker, Keith D., Suzanne T. Ortega, and MaLinda N. Hill. 1999. "Gender Differences in Self-Esteem: The Impact of Religious, Sociodemographic, and Familial Factors Among Black Americans." Challenge 10: 37-53.