Kendra R. Parker, Ph.D. (she/her), is an Associate Professor of African American Literature in the Department of English at Georgia Southern University. She is the author of She Bites Back (2018), co-editor of The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler (2020), and president of the Octavia E. Butler Literary Society.
Her first book, She Bites Back: Black Female Vampires in African American Women's Novels, was released in November 2018 by Lexington Press. In September 2020, She Bites Back was released as a paperback. Her second book, The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler, is a co-edited collection released in 2020 that centers on African American science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. You can learn more about Dr. Parker's writing by visiting Books + Articles.
Dr. Parker is the recipient of several awards. In 2023, she received a fellowship from the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA and a Scholarly Pursuit Grant from Georgia Southern. For her scholarly work published in 2020, she was the recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities’ "Distinction in Scholarship or Creative Activity" Award at Georgia Southern University in 2021, and in February 2020, she was the faculty recipient of the "Shine, Black Girl, Shine" Black Women's Empowerment Award from the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Georgia Southern. In January 2019, she received the Motoichiro Oghimi Global Courage in Teaching Award at Hope College. In April 2018, she received the David Bottoms Distinguished Alumnus Award from her undergraduate alma mater, University of West Georgia.