Kathrin Parks  PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean for the School of Science & Health


BA, Loras College, 1998
MS, Texas A&M University, 2003
PhD, Texas A&M University, 2007

Dr. Parks (’98) returned to Loras as a faculty member in 2007 after earning her PhD in Sociology at Texas A&M University. While at Loras, she majored in Sociology, History, and German, with a minor in International Studies. She lived in Austria from 1998-1999 as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Her varied interests expand to her teaching, where she has taught courses on the sociology of education, social demography, research methods and statistics, social problems, race and justice, and others.

Her research interests often focus on racial and educational inequality. Currently, Dr. Parks published a paper focused on the impact the COVID-19 2020 lockdown on academic mothers. She also has experience with designing research projects, analyzing data, and consulting on projects.

When she’s not teaching or reading sociology, Dr. Parks enjoys time with her husband and kids. She enjoys travel, films, podcasts, playing board games, knitting, reading, and singing karaoke. She was elected to the Dubuque Community School Board in 2019 and currently serves as the board president.