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Linette ParkAssistant Professor

Dr. Linette Park is an Assistant Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, her M.A. in Critical Studies: Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of the Arts, and a second MA and her Ph.D. in the Culture and Theory Program from the University of California Irvine. At UC Irvine, she earned emphases in Critical Theory and Law, Culture, and Society and was the recipient of the Michael and Stacey Koehn Award in Critical Theory. Prior to joining the WGSS Department, Dr. Park was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at Emory and the Thurgood Marshall Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She was also a postdoctoral fellow in the African American Studies Department at Pennsylvania State University, a fellow in the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, a member of the Emerging Scholars Cohort in Political Theology program and was awarded the University of California- New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Hayman Fellowship.  

Her research interests are in the areas of black critical theories/ Black Studies, carceral studies, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, critical theory, philosophy of law, visual art and film, and the afterlife of slavery and lynching in North America. Her first book monograph, under advanced contract with Stanford University Press, examines the present-day “lynching” arrests of nonviolent demonstrators with the Movement for Black Lives. It traces a genealogy of the penal code that authorizes these arrests while also interrogating their historical, political, and psycho-social articulations, particularly in respect to their implications on gender, sexuality, and anti-blackness. Her second book project plans to examine image economies of global racial capitalism alongside questions of “real abstraction” of race, gender, and sexuality in aesthetics and politics. Dr. Park has published and forthcoming work in the peer-reviewed journals: Theory and EventThe Black ScholarSoulsJournal of Critical Ethnic Studiesb2oPolitical Theology, Society and Space, Cultural Critique, and is the editor of a special issue on black resistance for Diacritics

Before academia, Dr. Park has organized political education for formerly incarcerated women and gender non-conforming (GNC) people against the growing expansion of prisons in re-entry homes in California. She has also worked as a community support worker and arts educator for youth with mental and intellectual dis/abilities.