BA Iowa State University
MA Iowa State University
PhD Iowa State University
Associate Professor of History Edy Parsons joined Mount Mercy in 2005. After moving to the United States from Hong Kong in 1995, she received her Bachelor's degree in English and literature. She went on to earn her Master's degree and PhD in history of technology and science while working as a teaching assistant and instructor.
Parsons specializes in American and East Asian History. Her expertise in both western and non-western fields allows her to introduce valuable new perspectives on the world to her students. Parsons' research areas cover both American and East Asian History. Her current research project is about U.S.-China policies and relations. Her courses include Modern East Asia, Recent China in Global Economy, Recent American History, the American Nation, and the U.S. and the Vietnam War, among others. She also has an interest in Chinese & U.S. Diplomatic history.
Parsons also actively participates in research related to her specialties of social sciences and human sciences, specifically dealing with racial, minority, and gender issues, as well as Chinese, Japanese, and American history. She has authored several encyclopedia entries for Women and War, edited by Bernard A. Cook (ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California), Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History (CA: ABC-CLIO), edited by Spencer Tucker, and Encyclopedia of Chinese-American Relations. (NC: McFarland & Company), edited by Yuwu Song.