Barbara Parmenter

Lecturer, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

  • PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, The University of Chicago


Barbara Parmenter, a Lecturer, teaches the GIS courses in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, as well as a course on the history of U.S. urban policy. As part of Tufts’ Geospatial Technology Services, she provides guidance in spatial analysis for researchers across the Tufts system, and develops university-wide GIS curriculum materials. She earned a PhD in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Arabic from the University of Chicago. Her interests focus on the evolution of cities and metropolitan regions. Recent research collaborations include a National Institute of Health grant to study the influence of neighborhood factors on the maintenance of physical activity in minority women in Texas, and two EPA grants examining the impacts of urbanization on regional climate change. She is the author of Giving Voice to Stones: Place and Identity in Palestinian Literature (The University of Texas Press, 1994), and has translated two books of short stories by Arab women writers (On the Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman’s Tales of Alienation, by Daisy al-Amir, 1995; and Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman’s Journey Toward Independence, by Leila Abuzeid, 1989).

Curriculum Vitae - Barbara Parmenter

Areas of Expertise
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Information Systems
  • Mapping
  • Urban History
  • Infrastructure
  • Conflict Analysis and Management
  • Planning
  • Middle East urban and Environmental History



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UEP-97 Talbot Ave