Yoosun Park, MSW, PhD
Critical history of social work
Historical and contemporary immigration
Critical theories and methodologies for social work research and education
Prior to her appointment to SP2’s faculty, Dr. Park held the position of associate professor at the Smith College School for Social Work. She received her MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Washington. From 2003-2005, she was an assistant professor at Columbia School of Social Work. A theory driven social work scholar, Park’s work is framed within the broad substantive area of immigration and is informed by poststructuralist theories of discourse and methods of inquiry. Her writing explores, among other things, the history of social work. Her historical scholarship includes the study of past practices, in order to illuminate present day problematics in social work practice, research, and education. Park has built a successful program of innovative scholarship that significantly extends the body of social work knowledge. She has worked in collaboration with researchers in multiple disciplines to produce scholarship that has great potential to shape disciplinary and societal policies on work with immigrant and other marginalized communities.
3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
Department(s)Standing Faculty | Faculty
Program(s)MSW | MSSP | PhD
Research Areas(s)Identity, Immigration, Racism
Gonzalez Benson, O., Park, Y., Remprosa, T. & Gautam, D. (In Press). Aging and Stateless: US non-decisionism and state violence across temporal and geopolitical distances. In T. Bloom and L. Kingston (Eds.), Statelessness and Governance and the Problem Citizenship. Manchester University Press.
Park, Y., Torres, M., Bhuyan, R., Ao, J., Graves, L. & Rundle, A. (2021). Social workers’ perceptions of structural inequality and immigrant threat: results from a national survey. Journal of Social Work Education. doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2021.1895936
Park, Y., Bhuyan, R., & Wahab, S. (2020). Still we resist: reflections on our tenure as Editors-in-Chief. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 35(4), 445–448. doi.org/10.1177/0886109920965287
Rundle, A.G., Park, Y., Herbstman, J.B., Kinsey, E.W. and Wang, Y.C. (2020), COVID‐19 related school closings and risk of weight gain among children. Obesity. 28(6), 1008–1009. doi.org/10.1002/oby.22813
Park, Y., Crath, R., & Jeffery, D. (2020). Disciplining the risky subject: a discourse analysis of the concept of resilience in social work literature. Journal of Social Work, 20(2), 152-172. doi: 10.1177/1468017318792953
Bhuyan, R., Park, Y., & Lee, E. (2020). Should journal rankings matter? Assigning “prestige and quality” in the neoliberal academy. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 35(2), 157–159. doi.org/10.1177/0886109920917247
Park, Y. (2019). Our house is on fire: social work and the crisis of immigration. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 34(4), 413-420. doi: 10.1177/0886109919880349
Park Y. (2019). Facilitating Injustice: The Complicity of Social Workers in the Forced Removal and Incarceration of Japanese Americans, 1941-1946. Oxford University Press.
Bhuyan, R., Wahab, S., & Park, Y. (2019). A green New Deal for social work. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 34(3), 289–294. doi: 10.1177/0886109919861700
Park, Y., Bhuyan, R., & Wahab, S. (2019). Reclaiming the space of contestation. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 34(1), 5-7. doi: 10.1177/0886109918822652
Wahab, S., Bhyuan, R., & Park, Y. (2018). Feeding the scyborgs in social work: enduring commitments that sustain. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 33(3), 281-285. doi: 10.1177/0886109918786141
Gonzalez Benson, O., & Park, Y. (2018). Resettled yet Stateless: elderly monoglot refugees in the United States as a limit case to citizenship. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 10(3), 423-438. doi: 10.1093/jhuman/huy026
Park, Y., Bhuyan, R., & Wahab, S. (2017). Can an academic journal promote radical scholarship? Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 32(3), 273-275. doi: 10.1177/0886109917716230
Park, Y., Wahab, S., & Bhuyan, R. (2017). Feminism in these dangerous times. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 32(1), 5-9. doi: 10.1177/0886109916686271
Park, Y. (2015). “A Curious Inconsistency”: the discourse of social work on the 1922 Married Women’s Independent Nationality Act, and the Intersecting dynamics of race and gender in the laws of immigration and citizenship. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work, 30(4), 560-579. doi: 10.1177/0886109915583546
Park, Y. (2013). The role of the YWCA in the World War II internment of Japanese Americans: a cautionary tale for social work. Social Service Review, 87(3), 477-524. doi: /10.1086/671987
Park, Y., Bhuyan, R., Richards, C., & Rundle, A. (2012). Social work practitioners’ attitudes toward immigrants and immigration: results from an online survey. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 9(4), 367-392. doi: 10.1080/15562948.2011.616801
Park, Y., & Bhuyan, R. (2012). Whom should we serve? A discourse analysis of social workers’ commentary on undocumented immigrants. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 23(1), 18-40. doi: 10.1080/10428232.2011.605745
Bhuyan, R., Park, Y., & Rundle, A. (2011). Linking practitioners’ attitudes towards and basic knowledge of immigrants with their social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 31(8), 973-994. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2011.621081
Park, Y., Neckerman, K. M., Quinn, J., Weiss, C., & Rundle, A. (2011). Neighbourhood immigrant acculturation and diet among Hispanic female residents of New York City. Journal of Public Health Nutrition, 14(9), 1593-1600. doi: 10.1017/S136898001100019X
Park, Y., Florez, K. R., Jacobson, J., Neckerman, K. M., & 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. doi: 0.1016/j.socscimed.2011.04.012
Park, Y., Miller, J. L., & Van, B. C. (2010). “Everything has changed”: narratives of the Vietnamese-American community in Biloxi, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The 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. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.09.036
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), 1-11. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-5-19
Park, Y. (2008). Making refugees: a historical discourse analysis of the construction of the “refugee” in U.S. social work, 1900–1957. British Journal of Social Work, 38(4), 771–787. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcn015
Park, Y. (2008). Facilitating injustice: tracing the role of social workers in the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. Social Service Review, 82(3), 447-483. doi: 10.1086/592361
Park, Y. (2008). Historical discourse analysis. In Lisa M. Given (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, (pp.394-395). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.
Park, Y. (2008). Asian Americans: Japanese. In Terry Mizrahi & Larry E. Davis (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Work, (pp.167-168). New York: Oxford University Press.
Park, Y., & Miller, J. L. (2007). Inequitable distributions: a critical analysis of the Red Cross and its response to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Intergroup Relations, 33(1), 45-59.
Park, Y., & Miller, J. L. (2006). The social ecology of Hurricane Katrina: rewriting the discourse of “natural” disasters. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 76(3), 9-24. doi: 10.1300/J497v76n03_02
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. doi.org/10.1086/507934
Park, Y. (2006). Constructing Immigrants: a historical discourse analysis of the representations of immigrants in U.S. social work, 1882-1952. Journal of Social Work, 6(2), 169-203. doi: 10.1177/1468017306066673
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.