Darian Marcel Parker
Darian Marcel Parker is a choreographer, performer, and teacher of dance from Guinea and Mali,West Africa. As a professor of dance, he has held guest faculty appointments at Sarah Lawrence College, the New School for Social Research, and SUNY Purchase; he also serves on the faculty of Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Parker has received support for choreographyand for dance research from the Jerome Foundation, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, and Yale University. His performance credits include the film Step Up 3D, the G’Bassikolo Mexican national tour, the Fats Waller U.S. tour, and Dance Africa. In addition to dance, Parker is committed to nurturing students intellectually, and he is the founder and CEO of Parker Academics, a Manhattan-based test prep and tutoring company that takes a whole-person approach to learning. He is also an adjunct professor in NYU’s Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies, where he teaches courses in anthropology and critical thinking. Parker is the author of Sartre and No Child Left Behind: An Existential Psychoanalytic Anthropology of Urban Schooling (Rowman & Littlefield Press, 2015) and “The Haze,” which appears in Pedagogies in the Flesh (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2018). In 2020, he began serving on the board of the academic journal Anthropology of Consciousness. He continues to be active in the Yale Alumni Association, where he serves as an interviewer for prospective undergraduates. Parker graduated from Yale, where he earned his PhD, MPhil and MA in anthropology and African American studies, and from UCLA’s College of Honors, where he earned degrees in anthropology and English literature.