Research

SELECTED 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.

Newsletter Entries:
2009. Park, Kristin. “Using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy for Teaching about Income Inequality.”  In Teaching/Learning Matters 38 (2) (Fall) 2009 (Newsletter of the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning).

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"Using Role Plays to Apply Marxist Theory, Assess Cultural Relativism and Practice Perspective-Taking."  Paper presented in Refereed Roundtable Session on Interrogating Inequality 2 at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, August 2013.

"Peer Review of Teaching."  Workshop presented at the North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2012.

"Using Role Plays to Apply Social Theory, Assess Cultural Relativism and Demonstrate Higher Order Thinking."  Presenter in a Session on "Great Ideas for Teaching Sociology" at the North Central Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, April, 2011.

"Internationalizing the Curriculum." Workshop organized and facilitated (with JoAnn Chirico, Penn State Univ.) at the Penn State Shenango Teaching Conference, Sharon, PA, Oct. 2010.

“Learning through Service: Designing a Quality Experience for Students and Faculty.”   Organizer, Presider and Participant in a Panel Discussion at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April, 2010.

“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.

King, Colby.   “Native Americans and Assimilation: An Exploration of Alba and Nees’  Theory in a Unique Community.”  Paper presented at the 2008 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (Academic advisor for this Honors Thesis).

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.  “The Effects of First-Year Program and Dormitory Type on Undergraduates’ Social Capital.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York City, Feb., 2008 (Academic advisor for Capstone project, along with Virginia Tomlinson)..

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.

MY CURRENT RESEARCH focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  I have applied Bloom et al.'s revised taxonomy and Kolb's experiential learning model to redesign my Social Inequality class and particularly the service learning component of that class.  After I collect more assessment data I plan to publish an article on the forms and learning outcomes of this new design.   

I also have developed a role-play exercise in 1980's Sandinista Nicaragua for my Social Theory class.  Students adopt roles that include a campesino, female guerrilla fighter and Catholic bishop and articulate their stances toward the Sandinista Revolution and Marxist theory.

Another role-play exercise in my Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective class has students adopt various positions toward the contemporary practice of female genital cutting (FGC), including an African anthropologist who defends the practice, a Kenyan advocate of keeping the rite of passage without the cutting and an anthropologist discussing the practice as it relates to both cultural relativism and universal human rights.   

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. 

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

My voluntary childlessness research is cited in the following articles:

Quoted in Health Magazine, March, 2006

I was interviewed by and served as an academic consultant to Roanoke, VA-based filmmaker Laura Scott, for her documentary film and companion book Two is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice (Seal Press). 

                                                                         

Childless by Choice Project  
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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.    

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