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Kristin Park


Sociology Faculty

(724) 946-7251

Campus Location:
   Old Main
Mailbox: 103

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About Me

I am a Professor of Sociology at Westminster College. 

I have a B.A. degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Colgate University.  I also have M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In addition, I earned a Master's Certificate in Latin American Studies from Chapel Hill. 

My most recent published scholarship used indepth interviews to discover and analyze the perceptions and experiences that local non-Amish residents have of and with their Old Order Amish neighbors.  I interpreted non-Amish criticisms of Amish cultural practices using a culturally relativist perspective that evaluated whether such practices represent legitimate cultural variations or cause harm in ways that make them problematic.  See Park, Kristin. 2018.  "Interpreting Non-Amish Perceptions of the Old Order Amish Using Cultural Relativism and Human Rights Frameworks."  Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (JAPAS) 6 (1): 117-43.  

My current scholarship uses interviews with members of the local Old Order settlement, and content analysis of Amish community letters in Amish publications, to elaborate and analyze Amish concerns and needs in the local region, as well as Amish perspectives on relations with the English population.  

My areas of teaching interest include international studies, food, culture and society, indigenous cultures, women's lives in cross-cultural perspective (especially in the Global South), income inequality in the United States, the Amish community and "new religions" on the contemporary American landscape.  I am committed to experiential and service learning, critical thinking and ethical evaluations of social phenomena in my classes.