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Kristen Parks

National Demographics Corporation
2019 – present

Past Employment

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Los Angeles Valley College, 2019 – 2020
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, De Anza College, Feb. – Apr. 2019
  • Dream Center Coordinator, Cañada College, 2017 – 2018
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Cañada College, 2016 – 2019
  • College for Working Adults Coordinator, Cañada College, 2014 – 2018
  • Inquiry Researcher, Academic Committee for Equity & Success, Cañada College, 2016
  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Cañada College, 2012 – 2016
  • Political Science Teaching Assistant, UC San Diego, 2008 – 2010


  • University of California at San Diego, Master Degree in Political Science, 2009
  • Agnes Scott College, Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude, 2005
  • Parks, K., Lozada, G., Mendoza, M. & L. García Santos. (2009). Strategies for Success: Border Crossing in an Era of Heightened Security. In Cornelius, W.A., Fitzgerald, D., Hernández-Díaz, J. & S. Borger (Eds.) Migration from the Mexican Mixteca: A Transnational Community in Oaxaca and California. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner
  • “Building an Effective Transfer Pathway for Nontraditional Students,” with Chris Rico. RP Group, Strengthening Student Success Conference, Garden Grove, CA, Oct. 2016.
  • “The Effects of Border Enforcement on Migration to the United States: New Evidence from Oaxaca, Mexico.” Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun. 2009.
  • “Fair Trade Certification: What’s Behind the Label?” with Peter Gourevitch. Beyond Virtue: Evaluating NGO Monitoring of Social Norms, La Jolla, CA, Mar. 2009.
  • “The Effects of U.S. Border Policy on Unauthorized Immigration: New Evidence from Oaxaca, Mexico.” Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium, UC San Diego, 2008.
  • Ohlone Community College District
  • San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Santa Barbara County Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission