Yoosun Park, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Acting Associate Dean & Associate Professor
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As of May 2014, Dr. Park is serving as acting associate dean of the Smith College School for Social Work.
Dr. Park's scholarship, framed within the broad substantive area of immigration, pursue two overlapping lines of inquiry: social work's history with immigrants and immigration, and the study of contemporary issues pertinent to immigrants and the issue of immigration.
Both strands of Dr. Park's scholarship, as well as her approach to pedagogy, are informed by poststructuralist theories and methods of inquiry. She serves on the editorial boards of Social Service Review and Affilia: Journal of Women in Social Work. Dr. Park's article, "Facilitating injustice: tracing the role of social workers in the World War Two internment of Japanese Americans," in Social Service Review (2008) received honorable mention of the 2010 Society for Social Work and Research Excellence in Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
Ph.D., University of Washington
M.S.W, University of Washington
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- History of U.S. immigration and immigration/refugee policies; international migration and forced migration studies; social work practice with immigrant and refugee populations.
Social work education: pedagogy; curriculum and instructional development; diversity education.
- Poststructuralist criticism and postcolonial theory and their applications in social work research and education.
- Politicizing theories of identity: studies in transnational citizenship and cultural and social citizenship.
- Methods of qualitative analysis: critical discourse analysis, Derridean deconstruction and Foucauldian genealogy.
- Ethnic minority health and culturally competent healthcare delivery.
- Using methods of discourse analysis in teaching social work practice.
Park, Y., Bhuyan, R., Richards, C., & Rundle, A. (forthcoming). U.S. social work practitioners’ attitudes towards immigrants and immigration: results from an online survey. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.
Park, Y. & Bhuyan, R. (forthcoming). Whom should we serve? A discourse analysis of social workers’ commentary on undocumented immigrants. Journal of Progressive Human Services.
Park, Y., Quinn, J., Florez, K., Jacobson, J., Neckerman, K. & Rundle, A. (2011). Hispanic immigrant women's perspective on healthy foods and the New York City retail food environment: a mixed-method study. Social Science & Medicine (73)1, 13-21.
Park, Y., Neckerman, K., Quinn, J., Weiss, C., Jacobson, J., Rundle, A. (2011). Neighbourhood immigrant acculturation and diet among Hispanic female residents of New York City. Journal of Public Health Nutrition, Mar 18:1-8. [Epub ahead of print].
Park, Y., Miller, J. & Van, B.C. (2010). "Everything has changed": narratives of the Vietnamese-American community in Post-Katrina Biloxi, Mississippi, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, (37) 3, 79-105.
Rundle, A., Field, S., Park, Y., Freeman, L., Weiss, C., & Neckerman, K. (2008). Personal and neighborhood socioeconomic status and indices of neighborhood walk-ability predict body mass index in New York City. Social Science & Medicine, (67) 12, 1951-1958
Park Y. (2008). Facilitating injustice: tracing the role of social workers in the World War Two internment of Japanese Americans, Social Service Review, (82) 3, 447-484.
Park, Y. (2008). Making Refugees: a historical discourse analysis of the construction of the "refugee" in U.S. social work, 1900-1952. British Journal of Social Work, 38 (4), 771-787.
Park, Y., Neckerman, K., Quinn, J., Weiss, C. & Rundle, A. (2008). Place of birth, duration of residence, neighborhood immigrant composition and body mass index in New York City. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5 (19), 1-35.
Park, Y. & Miller, J. (2007). Inequitable distributions: a critical analysis of the Red Cross response to hurricane Katrina, Journal of Intergroup Relations, 32(1), 45-57.
Park, Y. & Kemp, S.P. (2006). "Little Alien Colonies": Representations of Immigrants and Their Neighborhoods in Social Work Discourse, 1875-1924. Social Service Review. 80 (4), 705-734.
Park, Y. (2006). Constructing Immigrants: A Historical Discourse Analysis of the Representations of Immigrants in US Social Work, 1882-1952, Journal of Social Work. 6 (2) 169-203.
Park, Y. & Miller, J. (2006). The social ecology of hurricane Katrina: re-writing the discourse of "natural" disasters. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 76 (3), 9-24.
Park, Y. (2005). Culture as deficit: a critical discourse analysis of the concept of culture in contemporary Social work discourse. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 32 (3), 13-34.