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Mary Jane Parmentier

Mary Jane Parmentier

Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Clinical Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Mary Jane C. Parmentier is a clinical associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation and Society at Arizona State University. From 1986-1988, Professor 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 Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She is proficient in spoken and written Spanish and French, and is conversant in Moroccan Arabic.

With a significant focus on education, Professor 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


Robinson, R. S. and M. C. Parmentier. 2014. The Arab spring in north Africa: Still winter in Morroco?. Pp. 197-211 In: Agarwal, N., M. Lim and R. T. Wigand eds., Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crown in Social Media. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-7091-1339-4.


Akpan-Obong, P. and M. C. Parmentier. 2013. Chapter 2. Hash tags, status updates and revolutions: A comparative analysis of social networking in political mobilization. In: Tu, X., A. White and N. Lu eds., Social Networking: Recent Trends, Emergingn Issues and Future Outlook. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-62808-529-7.


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.

Blog Posts


Graff, S. R., N. Berman, R. Aggarwal, C. M. Edwards, C. Morehart, S. Hamdoun, D. Manuel-Navarrete, O. Iheduru, H. Eakin, M. Parmentier, G. M. Grossman and N. Chhetri. 2020. If "the economy" is collapsing, how do people survive? [Blog Post]. Retrieved from link