Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2017, Dr. Terry Park taught in the following programs and institutions: History & Literature at Harvard University, where he was awarded a certificate of teaching excellence, advised an award-winning senior thesis, and helped establish an Ethnic Studies field; the American Studies Program at Wellesley College, where he designed courses on Asian American Performance, Techno-Orientalism, and the Korean War, as well as a multimedia oral history project with Korean War survivors that was featured on Wellesley’s Spotlight on Teaching series; and the Asian/Asian American Studies Program at Miami University of Ohio. Park has also taught Asian American studies courses at UC Davis, Hunter College, and San Quentin State Prison.Included on the list, “Inspiring Activists: Trailblazers and leaders in the community and in the struggle for social justice” by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Dr. Park’s teaching and scholarship shapes, and is shaped by, his participation in several community-based Asian American organizations, including a stint as Executive Director of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning print- and web-based publication on Asian American culture, politics, and arts. He also currently serves as an academic coach for Ideas on Fire, an academic publishing and consulting agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.
Dr. Park’s research focus on how the Korean War, popularly known as the US’s “forgotten war,” shaped, and continues to shape, US liberal empire and Transpacific cultural practices. He has authored journal articles, encyclopedia entries, policy reports, and book reviews on the ghostly legacies of the Korean War in US and Asian American culture, including the lead essay in a special issue on Asian American performance art in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. He has articles in two forthcoming anthologies–one on militarization and Asian American critique, and one on teaching Asian American Studies. Dr. Park plans to pursue two ongoing projects at UMD–a multimedia oral history project with Washington, D.C.- and Baltimore-area survivors of U.S. wars in the Asian-Pacific region, and a digital archive on Asian American spoken word, from which he will write a book and a partner will film a documentary.
Dr. Park will be teaching several AAST courses including AAST 200, AAST 201, AAST 298H (Asian American Performance), AAST 398P (Asian American Media), and others.