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Portrait of Dr. Parisi, Executive Director of NSPARC

Dr. Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi is a professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University. Dr. Parisi is the founder and executive director of NSPARC, MSU’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center and he is also the executive director of the Mississippi state longitudinal data system clearinghouse. Dr. Parisi is a nationally and internationally recognized applied demographer. He represents the 21st century scholar with a focus on restructuring the role of social scientists beyond their academic pursuits to become problem solvers for public policy, economic development, and social problems that affect individuals and societies.

Dr. Parisi is known for his intellectual work on the value of data science in improving efficiency and efficacy in state government and improving education, workforce, and economic outcomes. Over the course of his career, he has developed methods to expand the use of data by aligning information systems and communication networks to address service challenges faced by public sector organizations in the state. His data and technological innovations have significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of many government agencies in the state, and have helped make Mississippi a model on the national level for data-driven government initiatives.

Additionally, his work has contributed to increasing the role of universities in addressing important issues in the public sector. Most recently, he has developed a data science initiative that is a university-wide organization in support of smart government and other sectors that comprise the new global movement toward smart cities (places where the use of data drives locally oriented actions for human progress). This transdisciplinary work will further Mississippi’s reputation as a leader for innovative government processes that improve quality of life for citizens.

Dr. Parisi is a well-regarded and respected professor of demography and applied statistics. He has published more than 250 articles, book chapters, policy briefs, and reports that address the complex issue of equality across various social groups. He has been recognized by his peers as the recipient of several research and service awards, including the Excellence in Extension and Public Service Award and Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society, and the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award from Mississippi State University, and his work has raised the prominence of the university and the state.

Dr. Parisi earned his masters and doctoral degrees in rural sociology and applied statistics from Pennsylvania State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and agricultural economics from Catholic University of Milan.

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