History Department
History Department

Nakia Parker

B.A. in History, summa cum laude, State University of New York-New Paltz



African-American and Native American history, the black diaspora in the 19th century West, gender and slavery




Nakia Parker is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Dr. Daina Ramey Berry.  Her proposed dissertation project, “Trails of Tears and Freedom: Slavery, Migration, and Emancipation in the Indian Territory Borderlands,” examines the forced migrations, resettlement patterns, and labor practices of people of African and black Indian descent enslaved in Choctaw and Chickasaw communities during the nineteenth century. She completed her undergraduate degree in history at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she graduated summa cum laude. In March 2015, she was awarded a C.M. Caldwell Memorial Award for Excellence in Historical Research by the Texas State Historical Association. Her research has received support from the University of North Texas, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and the Mellon Scholars Program at the Library Company in Philadelphia. In November 2016, she received the Sara Jackson Graduate Student Award from the Western History Association. From June 2014 to December 2016, Nakia served as the National Graduate Student Representative for the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH).