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DR. KRISTIN PARK
Associate Professor of Sociology
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172
Email me: kpark@westminster.edu

 

EDUCATION

 

A.B. Sociology and Anthropology, Colgate University

M.A. Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

M.A. Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of North

                   Carolina - Chapel Hill

Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

 

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICATIONS
*All publications are single-authored.

Book Chapters:

2006.  “Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily Childless.”  Pp. 304-314 in Patricia and Peter Adlers’ Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context and Interaction (Fifth edition).  Thomson Wadsworth.

Journal articles:

2005. "Choosing Childlessness: Weber’s Typology of Action and Motives of the Voluntarily Childless.”  Sociological Inquiry 75 (3): 372-402.

2003.  “Childless by Choice.”  Research cited in “Discoveries: New and Noteworthy Social Research.”  Contexts 2 (3): 6-11. 

 2002. "Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily Childless." Sociological Perspectives 45(1):21-45.

1998. "The Religious Construction of Sanctuary Provision in Two Congregations." Sociological Spectrum 18(4):393-421.

1996. "The Sacrifice Theory of Value: Explaining Activism in Two Sanctuary Congregations." Sociological Viewpoints 12(Fall):35-50.

Book Reviews:

2006.  Review of Everyone is NOT Doing It: Abstinence and Personal Identity, by Jamie L. Mullaney.  University of Chicago Press, 2006.  Contemporary Sociology 35 (6): 589-90. 

2000.  Review of Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (Fourth edition), by Stephen K. Sanderson.  Harper Collins. 1999.Teaching Sociology 28(1):85-87.

2000. Review of Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America, by Jeffery M. Paige.  Harvard University Press, 1997. Sociological Inquiry 70(2):242-45.

1996.  Review of Chicano and Latino Studies in Sociology: Syllabi and Course 
Materials, edited by Mary Romero.  Teaching Sociology 24(3):345-46.

1990.  Review of Sociology (Second edition), by John J. Macionis. Teaching 
Sociology 18(2):235-236.
 

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Teaching About Income Inequality.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Dearborn, MI, April, 2009.

Internationalizing the Curriculum (revised and updated).”  Workshop organized and facilitated at the Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO, April, 2008.

South, Bethany, Tomlinson, Virginia and Park, Kristin.  Academic advisor for “The Effects of First-Year Program and Dormitory Type on Undergraduates’ Social Capital.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York City, Feb., 2008.

Internationalizing the Curriculum.”  Workshop designed and conducted (with JoAnn Chirico, Penn State Univ) at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, California University of PA, Oct., 2007.

Internationalizing the Curriculum.”  Workshop designed and conducted (with JoAnn Chirico, Penn State Univ) at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, TX, April, 2006.

“Weaving the Tapestry: Teaching with Other Disciplines.”  Discussion Roundtable facilitated at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August, 2004. 

"Constructions of Motive Among the Voluntarily Childless."  Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Feb., 2003, Philadelphia, PA.  

"'A Reflective Decision': Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily Childless."  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Anaheim, CA,  August, 2001.

Co-Organizer, "Issues of Integration and Involvement in Teaching" (Roundtable Discussion Session).  Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Mar., 2000, Baltimore, MD.  Presenter within session: "Integration within the Curriculum: The Senior  Capstone."

"Identity Construction and Management of Social Reactions Among the Voluntarily Childless." Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, March, 1999, Boston, MA.

"'A Reflective Decision: Techniques to Maintain a 'Good Self' Among the Voluntarily Childless." Presentation in a Roundtable Discussion Session on "Current Research on Identity Formation," Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, March, 1998, Philadelphia, PA.

"Course Design Exercises."  Organized and conducted workshop at East Central Colleges' New Faculty Workshop, Oct., 1997, Bethany College, Bethany, WV.

"Privilege, Promises and Policy: Reflections on my Study Tour of Cuba."  Presentation in a Roundtable Discussion Session on "Teaching Global Sociology," Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, April, 1997, Baltimore, MD.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

 

My voluntary childlessness research is cited in the following articles:

 

Quoted in Health Magazine, March, 2006

 

Quoted in the Springfield, MO News-Leader, Oct. 23, 2005

I was interviewed by and serve as an academic consultant to filmmaker Laura Scott, for her documentary film and companion book “Childless by Choice: Love Stories” (Salt Whistle Bay Productions, Roanoke, VA). 

Yost, Barbara.  “Childless by Choice.”  Arizona Republic, April 30, 2004.

 

Haynes, Monica.  “Over 40 and Childless.”  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 11, 2003.  The same article was reprinted in the New Castle News and in the Wichita Falls (TX) Times Record.    

 

MY CURRENT RESEARCH focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  I have read some of the classic texts, as well as updates to and revisions of them, including Bloom’s taxonomies, Perry’s stages of ethical and cognitive development for college students, the research on Learning Styles and basic research on how memory is encoded for long-term learning.  I am applying my new knowledge to course revisions for my Social Inequality class and plan eventually to publish the results of the course redesign. 

 

I also have developed a role-play exercise in Sandinista Nicaragua for my Social Theory class.  After further development and assessment this assignment will be submitted for publication. 

A RECENT RESEARCH PROJECT examined women and men who are voluntarily childless, focusing on their characteristics, motivations for their choice, their constructions of parenting and childlessness, and the techniques that they use to affirm the decision to themselves and manage stigma in social interactions with others.  See listings above for publications stemming from this research. 

In all of my research I use qualitative methods of analysis, including semi-structured interviewing, participant observation, and qualitative content analysis.

PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS
My DISSERTATION ("'To Aid the Stranger in our Midst': Sacrifice, Religiosity and Gratitude in Three Sanctuary Churches," Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) examined the participation of members of three religious congregations in the 1980’s Sanctuary Movement for Central American refugees, in which church people sheltered Salvadorans and Guatemalans in violation of U.S. immigration laws.  I use a theory called the sacrifice theory of value to explain the decision to declare sanctuary by the congregations and their early months of activism, and a perspective called the economy of gratitude to explain their participation across time.  Data were collected from semi-structured interviews with church members and refugees in sanctuary, participant observation of sanctuary and church activities, and content analysis of sanctuary and congregational documents.  See listings above for publications stemming from this research. 

This research reflects my interest in Latin American societies.  My MASTER'S THESIS ("Ideologies within the Contemporary Latin American Catholic Churches," University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) examined the Catholic Church's formulations of its role in, and its actual participation in, societal development in contemporary Latin America.  I discussed and analyzed the traditionalist, progressivist, and liberationist ideologies within the contemporary churches.  Primary sources (papal encyclicals, conference documents, bishops' letters) and secondary sources were used for analysis.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDY AND TRAVEL

In January of 1997 Dr. Thomas Nichols, a political scientist at Westminster, and I took Westminster students on a study tour of Cuba.

In July of 2007 I participated in a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Faculty Development Seminar in Nicaragua on the theme of “Revolution and the Rise of Neoliberalism.”

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