Sarah Crawford-Parker

Sarah Crawford-Parker
  • Associate Teaching Professor, Museum Studies
  • Director, University Honors Program


Sarah Crawford-Parker is an art historian with concentrations in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art and the arts of sub-Saharan Africa. Her scholarly interests and teaching focus on the legacies of collecting and display of African material culture in European and American museums, as well as the role that contemporary African artists play in activating dialogues about restitution.

Crawford-Parker specializes in the development of faculty-museum collaborations to deepen student learning. She has co-facilitated projects with KU’s Spencer Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the KU Libraries. Additionally, she has taught museum-based study abroad programs in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.


Ph.D. in History of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
M.A. in History of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
B.A. in History and Art History, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN