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Mary Jane Parmentier

Mary Jane Parmentier
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 874003
Tempe, AZ 85287-4003

Mary Jane C. Parmentier is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation and Society at Arizona State University. In 1999 she received her doctorate in International Studies from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where her dissertation research examined the dynamics of Islam and politics in Morocco and Algeria. Her B.A. degree is in Spanish from Southern Connecticut State University (1980) and her M.A. is in International Relations from San Francisco State University (1986). From 1986-1988 Dr. Parmentier served as a Peace Corps volunteer near Marrakesh, Morocco, teaching high school English. Since her appointment at Arizona State University in 1999 her research and curriculum development have focused on the role of technology in economic, social and political development, and the regions of North Africa and Latin American development, and she is a founding faculty member of the M.S. in Global Technology and Development. She is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the School of Sustainability. Dr. Parmentier is proficient in spoken and written Spanish and French, and is conversant in Moroccan Arabic.

With a significant focus on education, Dr. Parmentier designs and teaches courses in Latin American and Middle Eastern politics and development, technology and international politics, and international development.She believes strongly in international education, and the value of questioning assumptions and cultural perspectives, and has led students on study abroad trips to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America in this endeavor. To constantly innovate and improve university teaching is also a prime goal, including the development of methodologies and techniques to enhance the online learning environment.

PhD, International Studies, University of Denver, 1999

MA, International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1986

BA, Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University, 1980

Journal Articles


Parmentier, M. C. 2013. Simulating in cyberspace: Designing and assessing simple role playing activities for online regional studies courses. International Studies Perspectives 14(2):121-133. DOI: 10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00472.x. (link )


Parmentier, M. C. 2011. Beyond Machiavelli: Integrating applied ethics into a course on technology and international politics. Teaching Ethics: The Journal for the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum 11(2):37-46. DOI: 10.5840/tej20111125. (link )


Akpan-Obong, P. and M. C. Parmentier. 2009. Linkages and connections: A framework for research in information and communication technologies, regional integration, and development. Review of Policy Research 26(3):289-309. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2009.00383.x. (link )


Parmentier, M. C. and S. Huyer. 2008. Forum: Female empowerment and development in Latin America: Use versus production of information and communications technology. Information Technologies and International Development 4(3):13-20. (link )

Parmentier, M. C. and R. Sundarajan. 2008. A multidisciplinary master's program in global technology and development. Technology Interface Journal 9(1):. (link )


Patel, R. and M. C. Parmentier. 2005. The persistence of traditional gender roles in the information technology sector: A study of female engineers in India. Information Technologies and International Development 2(3):29-46. (link )


Parmentier, M. C. 1999. Secularisation and Islamisation in Morocco and Algeria. The Journal of North African Studies 4(4):27-50. DOI: 10.1080/13629389908718378. (link )

Book Chapters


Akpan-Obong, P. and M. C. Parmentier. 2010. Coordination, convergence or contradiction: ICTs for integration and development in Southern Africa and the Southern Cone. Pp. 300-320 In: Fu, X. and L. Soete eds., The Rise of Technological Power in the South. Palgrave. Basingstoke, UK.


Parmentier, M. C. 2007. Abassi Madini, biographical entry. In: Fischbach, M. R. ed., Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa. Thomas Gale Publishers.

Parmentier, M. C. 2007. Louisa Hanoune, biographical entry. In: Fischbach, M. R. ed., Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East & North Africa. Thomas Gale Publishers.

Parmentier, M. C. 2007. Secularisation and islamisation in Morocco and Algeria. Pp. Chapter 42 In: Rubin, B. ed., Political Islam. Vol 2. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415404532.

Parmentier, M. C. 2007. The digital divide in Ecuador, case study. In: Hjorth, L. S., B. A. Eichler, A. S. Khan and J. A. Morello eds., Technology and Society: Issues for the 21st Century and Beyond. Prentice Hall.