Anne Parsons will write a book that explores how the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals intersected with the rise of mass incarceration, showing how one form of confinement and stigmatization has in effect been replaced by another.
Parsons is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her work focuses on contemporary U.S. history, the history of social welfare, and museum studies. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including the Journal of Illinois History, Radical History Review, and Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads. As a public historian, she has contributed research to curators and organizers of public events, directed student-curated exhibitions, and co-curated lectures and exhibits. Parsons previously taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has received grant and fellowship support from the North Carolina Humanities Council, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, among other entities.