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Christopher M. Parker

  • Assistant Professor and Pre-Law Advisor
  • 305 Washburn Hall
  • Phone: 401.874.2730
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    Assistant Professor and Pre-Law Advisor
    Washburn Hall, Rm 305
    Phone: 401.874.2730


Chris Parker is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Pre-Law Advisor at URI. His research involves analyzing the role of the law, politics, and ideology on the decision making of the American court system. He is particularly interested in how the judiciary treats issues related to federalism, free speech, and the 4th Amendment. Although he has experience teaching a broad range of courses in American Politics, at URI he teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and American Political Parties. He joined the department in the fall of 2016 after teaching at Centenary College of Louisiana for five years. As a lifelong hockey fan/player, Professor Parker is happy to be back in the Northeast where ice is more abundant.



Judicial politics, decision making on the U.S. Supreme Court, state appellate courts, federalism, search and seizure, public opinion of the judiciary.


Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2011

M.A., Stony Brook University, 2008

B.A., Colgate University, 2005

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