Parker grew up in Asheville, NC, the Switzerland of the South. He attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he studied Anthropology and Literature, edited the Bard Papers, and received the Heinrich Blücher Prize for excellence in scholarship. Between 2014-15 he was a Fulbright-García Robles scholar in Mexico. Now a PhD student in Anthropology at Harvard, he studies labor, migration, and ecology in Central America and Southern Appalachia. He is also pursuing secondary field in Critical Media Practice, with an emphasis on printmaking and experimental ethnographic film.
Parker has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and in a diversity of contexts: he has taught or tutored writing at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, NY, Al-Quds University in Abu-Dis, Palestine, and the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Mexico. He is particularly interested in working with students coming from interdisciplinary academic backgrounds and is passionate about good writing.
When not teaching or tutoring, Parker enjoys cooking with friends and family, reading detective fiction, and the iNaturalist app.