Shelley M Park

Shelley M Park, Ph.D.

Dr. Shelley 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. Trained in analytic philosophy, but an interdisciplinary scholar at heart, Dr. Park is teaches in both the Philosophy program and the Humanities and Cultural Studies Program, is a member of the Texts and Technologies graduate faculty and a faculty affiliate of the Women's and Gender Studies program.

Dr. 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 Family Values, Feminist Theory, Theories of Sex and Gender in the Humanities, Philosophy of Love, Postcolonial Theory and Introduction to Philosophy.

While at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Park has served as Director of the Women's Studies Program (1997-2000) and Chair of the Department of Philosophy (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, the Women's Studies Steering Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee and Community Advisory Board and the Undergraduate Research Council. She is also a certified diversity trainer. Dr. Park is past President of the United Faculty of Florida-UCF and believes in the importance of a strong faculty voice in university governance. 

Dr. Park's service to the profession includes being past President of the Florida Philosophical Association, founding co-Editor of the Florida Philosophical Review (2000-2003) and founding associate Editor of Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture (2015-present). She is a member of 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 and has served on the Steering committees, Program Committees and Diversity Committees of several of these professional organizations.

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
  • gendered divisions of labor in higher education

Recent Research Activities

Read Dr. Park's reflections on the 2016 Presidential election: Trump is Gross: Taking the Politics of Taste (and Distaste) Seriously

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 

I am currently working on a monograph on the ethics of care in a technological era and an article on gendered divisions of labor in academe for the International Handbook of Gender Equity in Higher Education.  

Selected Publications

Books

Edited Collections

  • Ranjoo S. Herr and Shelley M. Park, eds., Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Third World Women, Feminisms and Geopolitics.  Special Issue of Hypatia Vol 32: 3 (Summer 2017).

Articles/Essays

Book Reviews

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Shelley M. Park, Helicopter Moms and Smart Homes: Fears of the (M)other in the Surveillance State. PhiloSOPHIA, Boca Raton, FL. April 2017. 

  • Shelley M. Park, Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood, Keynote address to University of South Carolina—Upstate, Bodies of Knowledge Symposium. March 2016.  

  • Shelley M. Park, FLDS Mothers as Subaltern Subjects. University of Calgary, Department of Philosophy 50th Anniversary Lecture Series, Calgary, Alberta. January 2016. 

  • Shelley M. Park, Polyamory is to Polygamy as Queer is to Barbaric? Queer Kinship and Relationship Conference.  Zalesie Mazury, Poland. June 2015.

  • Shelley M. Park, When Feminism and Queerness Collide: The Case of Jian Ghomeshi. Popular Culture Association.  New Orleans, LA.  April 2015.

  • Shelley M. Park, Cyborg Mothering:  The Ethics of Care in a Technological Era. Florida Philosophical Association.  Tampa, FL.  November 2014.

  • Shelley M. Park, The Diversity Problem in Philosophy. Florida Philosophical Association. Deland, FL. November 2013.

  • Shelley M. Park, "Good” (Queer) Mothers and “Bad” (Queer) Mothers:  Contested Representations of Polygamist Women in Popular Culture.  Plenary Address to Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. Toronto, ON, June 2013.  Also presented to the Cultural Studies Association. Chicago, IL, May 2013.

  • Shelley M. Park, One and Only One Mother?  Resisting Monomaternalism.  Florida Philosophical Association.  November 2012.

  • Shelley M. Park, Where are All the Cyborg Mothers?  Reflections on the Posthuman Maternal Body.  Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy.  Calgary, AB, October 2012.

  • Shelley M. Park, Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood: An Exploration of Polymaternal Families.  Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division.  Washington, D.C. December 2011.

  • Monomaternalism and the Politics of Mothering in Adoptive, Queer, and Blended Families. Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory.  Illinois.  September 2011.

  • Shelley M. Park, Queer Family Values in Showtime’s The United States of Tara. Popular Culture Association. San Antonio, TX. March 2010. 

  • Shelley M. Park, Nomadic Musings. Keynote address for Queer Week.  New College.  Sarasota, FL, 2009.

  • Shelley M. Park, Queer Family Values in HBO’s Big Love. Popular Culture Association. New Orleans, LA. March 2009.
  • Shelley M. Park, (Inter)Disciplinary Homes, Queer Orientations. Breaking Boundaries, Forging Connections conference.  Halifax, NS.  April 2008.

Awards

  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2017
  • UCF Research Sabbatical (competitive), 2017
  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2012
  • UCF Research Sabbatical (competitive), 2010
  • UCF Women’s Research Center Award, 2009
  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2007

Activities

  • Associate Editor and Reviews Editor for Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture 
  • Diversity Committee, Florida Philosophical Association
  • UCF Undergraduate Research Council
  • CAH Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • UCF Texts and Technologies Research Awards Committee, Comprehensive Exams Committees
  • UCF Humanities and Cultural Studies Curriculum Committee

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50620 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web A - 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.
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 - 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 - 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.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81630 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.

81534 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy 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.

93168 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy 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.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18861 HUM4826 Postcolonial Theory Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
No Description Available
11374 PHI2010 Introduction to Philosophy Web - Unavailable
No Description Available
11375 PHM3123 Feminist Theories Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 1, 2017