Faculty & Staff

Barbara M. Parmenter

Senior Lecturer and Student Affairs Coordinator

Contact Info:
Urban and Environmental
Policy and Planning
97 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3394
Fax: 617.627.3377
Barbara Parmenter teaches the Geographic Information System (GIS) courses in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. As a staff member in Tufts' Academic Technology group, she also provides guidance in GIS and spatial analysis for researchers across the Tufts system, and develops university-wide GIS resources to enhance the spatial analysis capabilities of Tufts faculty, researchers, and students. She earned a Ph.D. in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Arabic from the University of Chicago.

Barbara's primary interests focus on the evolution of cities, towns, and metropolitan regions, from the micro-scale of the local built environment to the macro-scale of regional cultural, social, and physical landscapes. Her 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, both published by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin).