Linette Park

Linette  Park

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of African American Studies


Linette Park’s research areas include anti-black violence, lynching, policing, and imprisonment of which she situates at the intersections of Black Studies, Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy of Law,  and Visual Culture Studies. Prior to joining  the African American Studies Department at Penn State University, Dr. Park was the Thurgood Marshall Postdoctoral Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College (2018-2020) and was the recipient of the University of California- New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Hayman Fellowship (2019). She received her Ph.D. in the Culture and Theory Program with emphasis in Critical Theory and Law, Culture, and Society from the University of California, Irvine. There, she received the 2017-2018 Michael and Stacey Koehn Endowed Research Award in Critical Theory. Dr. Park also holds a Master’s in Aesthetics and Politics from the Critical Studies Department at the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor’s in Studio Art from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the first cohort of the Emerging Scholars in Political Theology program.

Dr. Park is currently preparing her first book monograph, Shadows Before the Sun: A Psychic and Cultural History of Anti-Black Policing and Lynching, which examines the present day “lynching arrests” by interrogating the historical, political, and psychosocial formations of violence that are inextricably bound to the afterlife of racial slavery, lynching, and segregation in the United States. She has published and has forthcoming work in the peer-reviewed journals: Theory and Event, Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies, b2o: an online journal, and Political Theology. She is the editor of a special issue on Black resistance that will be out with the journal, Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism