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Susan Parker, Ph.D.

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Description of Research

1671 Asturias Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32080
904/471-6496 cell: 904-501-5548


Ph. D. University of Florida
Major field: Colonial United States
Minor field: Colonial Latin America
Outside minor field: Anthropology
Dissertation: The Second Century of Settlement in Spanish St. Augustine, 1670-1763, directed by Michael V. Gannon

M. A. University of Florida
Major: History-Spanish Borderlands
Minor: Anthropology.
Thesis: Men Without God or King: Rural Settlers of East Florida, 1784-1790," directed by Darrett B. Rutman

B. A. Florida State University
Major: Spanish
Minor: History


Executive Director, St. Augustine Historical Society (2007-present).

Regional Consultant for Historic Preservation (18 counties) Florida Division of Historical Resources (2002 - 2007).

Scholar-in-Residence, Florida Studies Program, University of South Florida- St. Petersburg (Fall Semester 2006).

Historian, Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, Florida Department of State (1987 - 1997).

Adjunct professor, University of North Florida: Taught Florida history (AMH 3420), United States history survey (AMH 2020), Spanish Borderlands (AMH 3920); Florida Community College at Jacksonville (AMH 2020).


Project Historian for Mala Compra Plantation site, Flagler Co., Florida: archaeological report, exhibit, Nomination for National Register of Historic Places (2002).

Project historian: Orange County Regional History Center-relocation and new exhibits (1997-1998).

Consultant: Historic Resources Study for Canaveral National Seashore for National Park Service (1998 - 2002).

Research consultant for Florida Public Broadcasting, Inc., for series on Florida history (1999).

Research consultant: Agency for Instructional Technology, Bloomington, Indiana, for Tracks: Impressions of America, a video project for use in United States schools, Grade 5 (1997-1998).

Historian for environmental audits, cultural resource assessments 1997-2002.


  • Editorial Board, Tampa Bay History, (2006 - )
  • Editor, El Escribano (2005)
  • Advisory Board, Florida Studies Center, University of South Florida (2001 - ).
  • Historic Resources Review Board for St. Johns County, (1999 - 2002), Chair (2000).
  • Board of Trustees, St. Augustine Historical Society (1992 to 1998; 1999-2005), president (2000 and 2004).
  • Board of Directors, Fort Mose Citizen's Support Organization (1997 - 2000).
  • . Historical Advisory Committee, Florida State Agricultural Museum (1996 -1998).
  • Editor (1993), Journeys for the Junior Historian, published by the Florida Historical Society; Editorial Board (1990 -1991).
  • Member (historical advisor) of Acquisitions Committee, St. Johns County Land Trust (1993 - 1996).


  • Research grant, Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, University of Florida- Flagler College, 2005-2006.
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2004, 2005, 2006.
  • Research Associate, University of Florida-Flagler College Historic St. Augustine Research Institute (1999 - ).
  • Beveridge Grant for research in history of Western Hemisphere, awarded by American Historical Association (1997).
  • LeRoy Collins Prize for best graduate essay, awarded by Florida Historical Society (1997).
  • Speakers Bureau, Florida Humanities Council (1992).
  • Arthur W. Thompson Prize for Florida History, awarded by Florida Historical Society for best article published in Florida Historical Quarterly (1991).


The Oldest City, Sunday history column, St. Augustine Record, 1996 to present

The St. Augustine Beach Hotel: a New Deal Project, El Escribano, 42 (2005): 84-98.

1603 Slaves Flee St. Augustine, El Escribano, 41 (2004): 1-8.

Historic Resources of Canaveral National Seashore (Atlanta: Southeast Regional Office, 2003).

Life in St. Augustine at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century, El Escribano, 39 (2002): 55-63.

Cattle Trade in East Florida and Francis Fatio's Success Through Diversification in Colonial Plantations and Economy in Florida, Jane G. Landers, ed. (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2000).

African Americans in Florida and the Caribbean, 1763 - Today at www., website for Jay I. Kislak Museum's exhibit, Myths and Dreams: Exploring the Cultural Legacies of Florida and the Caribbean( 1999 - ).

"The Endangered Bridge of Lions" (with E. L. Roy Hunt), Historic Preservation Forum (Summer 1997).

"Second Spanish Period," in Michael Gannon, ed., The New History of Florida (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996).

"Anglo-Spanish War, Siege of St. Augustine, Governor Francisco del Moral Snchez," entries in Alan Gallay, ed., Colonial Wars of North America, 1512-1763: An Encyclopedia in Military History of the United States Series (New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1996).

"The Cattle Trade in Spanish East Florida, 1784-1821," in Joe Knetsch and Brenda Elliott, eds., Proceedings of the Florida Cattle Frontier Symposium (Kissimmee: Florida Cattlemen's Association, 1995)

"Spanish St. Augustine's 'Urban' Indians," El Escribano, 30 (1993): 1-15.

"Men Without God or King: Rural Planters of East Florida, 1784-1790," Florida Historical Quarterly, 69 (October 1990): 135-55.

"'I am Neither Your Subject nor Your Subordinate,'" El Escribano, 25 (1988): 43-60.

"Canoes: Workaday Watercraft in Eighteenth-Century East Florida," El Escribano, 24 (1987): 53-62.

The Sabate Plantation: The History and Archaeology of a Minorcan Farmstead with Stanley C. Bond, Jr., and Sue N. Smith, (St. Augustine: Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, 1990).

St. Johns County Historical, Architectural and Archaeological Survey with Stanley C. Bond, Jr., (St. Augustine: Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, 1987).


Daniel S. Murphree, Constructing Floridias: Native and Europeans in the Colonial Floridas, 1513-1873 in Tampa Bay History, 21 (2007):74-76.

Brent Richard Weisman, Pioneer in Space and Time: John Mann Goggin and the Development of Florida Archaeology in Journal of Southern History, 71 (2005): 225-26.

Robert L. Kapitzke, Religion, Power, and Politics in Colonial St. Augustine in Journal of Southern History, 69 (2003): 141-42.

Ben Green, Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore, America's First Civil Rights Martyr in Journal Of Southern History, 67 (2001): 483-84.

Mark I. Greenberg, et al, eds. Florida's Heritage of Diversity: Essays in Honor of Samuel Proctor, in Journal of Southern History, 64 (1998):771-72.

Jeannine Cook, ed., Columbus and the Land of Aylln: The Exploration and Settlement of the Southeast, in Gulf Coast Historical Review, 13 (1997): 22-24.

Bishop David Arias, Spanish Cross in Georgia, in Journal of Southern History, 62 (1996): 109.

Eugene Lyon, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, in Florida Historical Quarterly, 74 (1996): 356-57.

Kathleen Deagan, ed., America's Ancient City, Spanish St. Augustine, 1565-1763 in Florida Historical Quarterly, 71 (1992): 209-10.

Review of Charles Bennett, Twelve on the River St. Johns in El Escribano, 28 (1991): 113-14.


St. Augustine in 1607 at La Huella de Espaa en la Unin Americana (The Vestige of Spain in the Americas,), University of Mlaga, Mlaga, Spain, May 8, 2008.

St. Augustine in 1607 at Why St. Augustine? Symposium, St/ Augustine, February 23, 2008.

Florida's Urban Indians': Two Centuries after Columbus at Florida Studies Program Lectures, University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, October 12, 2006.

Colonial Florida Sacramental Artifacts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at University of Florida-Flagler College Historic St. Augustine Research Institute Spring Lectures Series, St. Augustine, March 22, 2006.

NEH Landmarks of American History: Spanish St. Augustine, lecturer and lead scholar, Summer 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.

The Men Without God or King' of Spanish East Florida, at American Historical Assoc. Annual Meeting, Washington, D. C., January 9, 2004.

Iberian Regional Tradition in St. Augustine Architecture, at 300th Anniversary of 1702 Siege Symposium, St. Augustine, June 1, 2002.

The First 250 Years of African Presence in Florida, at African-American Heritage Conference, Bartow, Florida, February 1, 2002.

Spanish Florida Settlers and the new United States, at Plantation Symposium, Daytona Beach, March 24, 2001.

Shops, Goods and Credit in Florida in the 1740s at Lowcountry and the Atlantic World Symposium, College of Charleston (SC), October 14, 1999.

Francis Fatio's Success in British and Spanish Florida, at Florida Historical Society, Daytona Beach, May 1, 1999.

"From Marginalized to Mainstream: Economic, Social and Legal Incorporation of Native American Soldiers in Spanish America" at Organization of American Historians, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 3, 1998.

"Historical and Archaeological Collaboration and the Revision of Early Contact History of the Circum-Caribbean" at American Historical Association, Seattle, Washington, January 10, 1998.

"Supply and Demand: Changes in the Status of Native American Labor in the Colonial Southeast" at South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies in Miami, Florida, April 13, 1996.

" The Cattle Trade in Spanish East Florida, 1784-1821," at Florida Cattle Frontier Symposium, Kissimmee, Florida, November 10, 1995 (invited).

"Francis Fatio: Success through Entrepreneurial Diversity in Colonial Florida," at Southern Historical Association in Louisville, Kentucky, November 10, 1994.

"Urban Indian Women as Cultural Brokers in Spanish St. Augustine," at Third Southern Conference on Women's History in Houston, Texas, June 3, 1994.

"Behind High Walls: the Spanish Influence," at Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, October 8, 1993.

"Female Property Owners in Spanish St. Augustine," at American Society for Ethnohistory in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14, 1992.

"The Role of the War of Jenkins Ear in the Evolution of the Southern Frontier," at Georgia Endowment for the Humanities symposium on the 250th anniversary of the War of Jenkins Ear in St. Simons Island, Georgia, July 11, 1992.

"In My Mother's House: Female Property Ownership through Successive Generations," at Florida Historical Society in St. Augustine, Florida, May 8, 1992.

"Property Ownership by Women in Spanish St. Augustine," at Southeastern Anthropological Society in St. Augustine, Florida, April 26, 1992.

"Property Ownership through Successive Female Generations in Spanish St. Augustine," at Second Southern Conference on Women's History in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 7, 1991.

"Francis Philip Fatio: Influential Planter in Spanish East Florida," at Florida Endowment for the Humanities-St. Augustine Historical Society Symposium, "Clash Between Cultures" in St. Augustine, April 8, 1988.


Interview by Univisin (Hispanic network), sound bites for Hispanic Awareness Week, aired throughout western hemisphere in Fall 1999.

Commenting scholar for "America's Hispanic Heritage: Deep Roots, Continuing Enrichment," aired nationwide in Fall 1996.

Commenting scholar for "Juan Ponce de Len: The First Conquistador," Biography Series, Arts and Entertainment Network, aired nationwide on October 12, 1995, now showing on The Learning Channel..

Commenting scholar, "Florida's 150th Anniversary of Statehood Observation," Sunshine Network. Shown throughout Florida during spring 1995.

Television interviews for local and state newscasts on topics of Florida, colonial history and historic preservation.


Training in Spanish paleography; reading knowledge of Portuguese.