Sarah Parker Harris

Sarah Parker Harris

Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development

Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Disability and Human Development

Office Phone

312-996-5485

Office

1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 209 DHSP

Mail Code

626

Office Hours

By appointment

About

Sarah Parker Harris (formally Sarah Parker), is an associate professor and the director of graduate and undergraduate studies in the Department of Disability and Human Development. Dr. Parker Harris received her PhD in sociology and social policy from the University of Sydney in Australia. Her interdisciplinary areas of scholarship include disability studies, social policy, and sociology. She is experienced in program evaluation, mixed method systematic review, social policy analysis, and qualitative research design and analysis.

Dr. Parker Harris has published and presented widely in areas of disability policy and law, entrepreneurship and disability, welfare-to-work, and international human rights. She is co-author of Disability Through the Lifecourse (SAGE Reference Series on Disability). Dr. Parker Harris teaches graduate courses in theories and perspectives of disability studies, and disability policies and legislation. Her current research projects focus on comparative and national disability policy and legislation, employment, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, and theories of social justice, human rights and citizenship.

Selected Grants

Coleman Foundation, Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED), Principle Investigator

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Research, Agency on Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services., ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center (Research projects within multi-project Center), Principle Investigator

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Research, Agency on Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services., ADA National Network Regional Center-V (Research projects within multi-project Center), Co-Investigator

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Research, Agency on Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services., Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment (PRIDE), Co-Investigator

Leadership in the Profession

NARRTC, Chair of Research Subcommittee

Education

PhD, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, Australia, 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Honors Class I, University of Sydney, Australia, 2003
Majors: Sociology, Social Policy, and Psychology