Paris, a 1971 graduate of Hamilton College, received his master's degree in 1973 and his doctorate in 1975 from Syracuse University. In 1979, he returned to the Hamilton campus as a government professor.
A winner of the Sears Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 1990, Paris has also served as assistant to the dean of the college, chair of the government department and most recently, chair of the Committee on Appointments.
Paris specializes in education and public policy and has two books, The Logic of Policy Inquiry and his most recent, Ideology & Educational Reform.
Also been active in the local community, Paris has served as president of the Clinton School Board and as a member of the board of directors for the A Better Chance program. He resides in Clinton with his wife and three daughters.