I’m a historian of U.S. political and diplomatic history with a particular focus on sexuality and LGBT rights. I completed my Ph.D. in International History at the London School of Economics in 2016. My thesis examined the life and career former U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles, using sexuality as a lens through which to interpret Welles’ decision making and political fortunes. My research explores how sexuality shaped political discourse in the 20th century United States and what that can teach us about the role of sexuality in shaping the contemporary world. Non-academic interests include playing board/video games, running, and maps, not necessarily in that order.
Dr Parkes teaches the following course at undergraduate level in the Department :
HY116 - International History since 1890