Parker, Heather

Title: Associate Professor of History and Chair, Social Sciences

Department: Social Science

Phone: 352-588-7894



  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of California Los Angeles
  • Master of Arts, History, University of California Los Angeles
  • Doctor of Philosophy, History, University of California Los Angeles


Dr. Heather Parker is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work in history at UCLA. She lived and taught in New York for eight years before joining the Saint Leo University faculty in 2006. Her research interests have spanned a wide variety of topics within U.S. History from her early interest in twentieth century interethnic political interaction and the politics of inclusion to her more recent examination of obesity related to the science, business, and politics of weight loss in America. Currently she is researching the legacy of Benedictine values for the African American community in Florida, 1886-1970. This research grew out of her creation of The Saint Leo Community Memory Project for which she is recording the memories of those associated with Saint Leo and its surrounding communities. She enjoys traveling, running, reading, kayaking, biking, exploring museums and cultural centers, and playing the piano. She resides in Florida with her husband and three sons.

Community Affiliation:

  • The American Historical Association
  • The Organization of American Historians
  • The Florida Conference of Historians
  • The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Created and taught the following courses while on faculty at Saint Leo University: The History of the American West; Immigration: The Changing Face of America; Native American History and Life; and, African American History: From Slavery to Freedom. Additionally, taught the following established courses at Saint Leo University: U.S. History to 1865; U.S. History since 1865; Racial and Ethnic Groups in America; and, Women in American Society.

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