Philosophy Department

Shelley M Park

Shelley M Park, Ph.D.

Dr. Shelley Park's research and teaching interests include Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Cultural Studies and Motherhood Studies, with an emphasis on queer kinship.  She has published work in various professional journals and anthologies on topics such as recovered memories of abuse, feminist therapy, transracial adoption, queer families, cybermothering, polygamy, women in higher education, and multiculturalism in the academy. Her current research focuses on queer kinship and queer care. Courses she regularly teaches include Feminist Theory, Theories of Sex and Gender in the Humanities, Philosophy of Love, Postcolonial Theory and Introduction to Philosophy.

Dr. Park joined UCF's faculty in 1990 after completing her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Duke University. Her BA (1982) and MA (1984) degrees were earned at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She misses the Rockies, but loves the ocean.

While at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Park has served as Director of the Women's Studies Program (1997-2000),Chair of the Department of Philosophy (2000-2003) and founding co-editor of the Florida Philosophical Review (2000-2003). She has also served on numerous university, college, and department committees, including 30+ hiring committees, the Faculty Senate, Presidential and College Committees on Diversity and on Ethics, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Advisory Councils, the CAS Interdisciplinary Council, the CAS and CAH Curriculum Committees, the Honors Council, the Undergraduate Research Council, and the Women's Studies Steering Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee and Community Advisory Board. She is also a certified diversity trainer and a member of UCF Allies and Orlando Queer Academics. Dr. Park is past President of the United Faculty of Florida-UCF and the past President of the Florida Philosophical Association. In addition, she is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Women's Studies Association, the American Studies Association, the Cultural Studies Association, the Popular Culture Association, the Florida Philosophical Association, the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Women in Philosophy, and the Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duke University (1990)
  • M.A. in Philosophy from University of Calgary (1984)
  • B.A. in Philosophy from University of Calgary (1982)

Research Interests

  • queer kinship
  • transracial adoption
  • polymaternal families
  • the ethics of care in a technological era
  • home and homelands

Recent Research Activities

Read Dr. Park's reflections on mourning post-Pulse:  A Virtual Pulse: Cautionary Notes on Public Mourning in the Digital Age

See Dr. Park's 2016 Keynote Address to the "One Queer Mother" Bodies of Knowledge Symposium 

Dr. Park is currently finishing an article on polyamory and working on a monograph on the ethics of care in a technological era

Selected Publications

Books

Articles/Essays

  • Shelley M. Park, 'When we handed out the crayolas, they just stared at them:' Deploying metronormativity in the war against FLDS mothers, Philosophy in the contemporary world. Forthcoming.

  • Shelley M. Park, A virtual pulse: Cautionary notes about public mourning in a digital age. APA Newsletter on LGBTQ issues in philosophy Vol 16:1 (Fall 2016) 3-6.

  • Shelley M. Park, Classic media review of Hedwig and the angry inch by John Michael Cameron, dir., Queer studies in media and popular culture Vol 1:1 (2015) 125-128.
  • Shelley M. Park, The feminist killjoy in the room: The costs of caring about diversity.  Florida philosophical review Vol. 13 (Winter 2014) 36-47.

  • Shelley M. Park, Cyborg mothering.  In Jocelyn Stitt and Pegeen Powell, eds. Mothers who deliver: Feminist interventions in interpersonal and public discourse (New York: SUNY Press, 2010) 57-75.

  • Shelley M. Park, Is queer parenting possible? In Rachel Epstein, ed.  Who's your daddy? And other writings on queer parenting (Toronto: Sumach Press, 2009) 316-327.

  • Shelley M. Park, Feminist therapies.  In Charles Negy, ed. Cross-cultural psychotherapy: Toward a critical understanding of diverse clients. 2nd. ed. (Reno, NV: Bent Tree Press, 2008) 351-378. 

  • Shelley M. Park, Comment on Nancy Nicol's Politics of the heart: Recognition of homoparental families.  Florida philosophical review, Vol 8:1 (2008) 157-163. 
  • Shelley M. Park, Nomadic musings: Living and thinking queerly.  APA newsletter on feminism and philosophy, Vol. 7:1 (2007) 17-20. 

Book Reviews

  • Shelley M. Park, Review of Blended: Writers on the stepfamily experience by Samantha Waltz, ed., Journal of Motherhood Initiative, Vol. 7:1 (2016).  
  • Shelley M. Park, Review of Confronting postmaternal thinking: Feminism, memory and care by Julie Stephens.  APA newsletter on feminism and philosophy, Vol. 13:1 (Fall 2013) 21-24.

  • Shelley M. Park, Review of Philosophical inquiries into pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering: Maternal subjects by Sheila Lintott and Maureen Sander Staudt, eds., Notre Dame philosophical reviews (May 2012). 

  • Shelley M. Park, Review of Queering freedom by Shannon Winnubst. APA Newsletter on feminism and philosophy Vol 7:2 (2008) 18-19.

Activities

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18861 HUM4826 Postcolonial Theory Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
11374 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
11375 PHM3123 Feminist Theories Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81630 HUM3326 Theories Sex & Gender in Hum Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available
81534 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
90985 PHI3629 Family Values Web Web Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2017.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81804 HUM3326 Theories Sex & Gender in Hum Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
In this course, we will examine a variety of contemporary theories concerning sex and gender. Theories to be examined include post-structuralist theories of gender, feminist theories of sex and gender, biological theories of nature and nurture, developmental systems theories of sex and sexuality, critical race theories concerning the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality, and phenomenological theories of the lived experiences of sexual and other orientations. We will examine these and other theories in light of their interplay with popular culture and everyday life.
81678 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web Web Available
In this course, we will examine a variety of philosophical concepts and themes, focusing on the nature of the good life (a classical philosophical concern). We will explore the various theories of the good life, asking about the relationship between living well and personal and public goods such as health, wealth, pleasure, knowledge, truth, justice, beauty and virtue. Throughout we will examine these issues in light of their interplay with popular culture and everyday life.
90693 PHM3020 Philosophy of Love Web Web Available
A critical investigation of the meaning and significance of various kinds of love from a variety of philosophical perspectives. Our primary focus will be on romantic love (eros) as examined through contemporary philosophy and cultural theory. We will, however, begin by examining some classical philosophical sources concerning other forms of love such as friendship (philia) and godly or selfless love (agape) and end with a consideration of the intersections between these different forms of love.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50620 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web A Web Available
In this course, we will examine a variety of philosophical concepts and themes, focusing on the nature of the good life (a classical philosophical concern). We will explore several theories of the good life as well as other philosophical issues in light of their interplay with popular culture and everyday life.

Updated: Jan 24, 2017

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