Dr. Dani Parker Moore

Assistant Professor

Office: Tribble B213
Email: parkerld@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-5347

Dr. Dani Parker Moore, is an assistant professor of Multicultural Education and director of the Schools, Education, and Society Minor at Wake Forest University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on multicultural education, community engagement and educational psychology. Her research interests include social foundations in education, qualitative research methods, social justice education, and parent/caregiver engagement in schools and community engagement.

Parker Moore’s current scholarship examines the experiences of essential worker parent/caregivers in facilitating online learning during the pandemic. Dr. Parker Moore addresses educational inequities and opportunities for social action through qualitative research and analysis. She is experienced in studies that focus on students, parents, caregivers, and community-based mentors with data collection involving semi-structured interviews, ethnographic observations, surveys, and focus groups. She most recently co-edited Mentoring Students of Color: Naming the Politics of Race, Social Class, Gender, and Power (2019).

Parker Moore serves as the Executive Director of the Wake Forest University Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School, a free six-week, literacy-based summer program for rising third through eighth-grade students, with the mission of empowering youth to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, country, and the world with hope, education, and action. Parker Moore is the 2020 recipient of the Faculty Service Excellence Award from Wake Forest’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Education, Multicultural Education: Critical Pedagogy and Social Foundations, Department of Education
Director, Schools, Education, and Society Minor, Department of Education
Executive Director, Wake Forest Freedom School


Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago
B.S., North Carolina Central University

Past Professional Experiences

Associate Director, The Anna Julia Cooper Center, Wake Forest University, 2015-2018

Health and Physical Education Teacher, Durham Academy, Durham, North Carolina, 2006-2009

Health and Physical Education Teacher, Healthy Start Academy, Durham, North Carolina, 2006-2007

Social Studies Teacher, William R. Boone High School, Orlando, FL, 2005-2006

EDU 395/695: Teaching Diverse Learners
EDU 368: Professional Experiences in Education
EDU 707: Educational Policy & Practice
EDU: 311: Learning and Cognitive Science
EDU: 310: Race, Class, and Gender in a Color-blind Society

Carrillo, J. F., Moore, D. P., & Condor, T. (2019). Mentoring Students of Color: Naming the Politics of Race, Social Class, Gender, and Power. BRILL.

Brown, A., & Parker Moore, D. (2020). Lizzie, Mamie, & Mo’ne: Exploring issues of racism, classism, and sexism in baseball. Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature, 4(2), 57-78.

Parker, D. (2011). Review of the book From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862-1875 by Christopher M. Span. The Journal of Educational Foundations. Volume 25, No. 3-4 Summer Fall 2011.

Cook, D. A., & Parker D. (2013). Cultural Determinism. In Mason, P.L. (Ed). Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2e. New York: MacMillan.

Brown, A., & Parker Moore, D. (2021, April). Women in baseball: History, fiction, and intersectionality. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Online.
Parker Moore, D., & Clemons, K. (2020, October). The Freedom School Way: Community-University Partnerships for Creating Social Change. National Association for Multicultural Education
 (Accepted for Online Presentation due to COVID19).
Parker Moore, D., & LaGarry, A. (2019, November). The Freedom Schools Way: Caregiver-Driven Efficacy in Navigating Schools. Paper presented at the annual conference for the National Association for Multicultural Education, Tucson, AZ.

Parker-Moore, D. (2017, November). Remembering Freedom School’s Past to Build for the Future. Community/University Partnerships In Freedom Schools’ of Today. The Annual Conference for the American Educational Studies Association.

Parker-Moore, D. (2014, October). “They think I’m a bad mother”: Doing Qualitative Research With Communities of Color. The Annual Conference for the American Educational Studies Association. Toronto, Canada.

Parker-Moore, D. (2014, November). Black Mothers, White Mentors: Supporting Black Children Within Oppositional Spaces. National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference.  San Juan, Puerto Rico.