Sarah Parker-Harris

PhD, Associate Professor and Director
Department of Disability and Human Development at UIC


Sarah Parker Harris, 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 & 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 mixed method systematic review, program evaluation, social policy analysis, and qualitative research design and analysis. Her research focuses on comparative and national disability policy and legislation in areas of civil/human rights, welfare to work and employment, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship for people with disabilities, and theories of social justice and citizenship. Dr. Parker Harris has published and presented widely in areas of disability policy and law, entrepreneurship, welfare-to-work, and international human rights. She is co-author of Disability Through the Lifecourse (SAGE Reference Series on Disability). She teaches graduate courses in theories and perspectives of disability studies, and disability policies and legislation. Current funded research projects include: a five year systematic review of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and an interdisciplinary project on entrepreneurship for people with disabilities.