Shalon Park

PhD Student | History & Ecumenics (World Christianity and History of Religions)

Shalon Park
History & Ecumenics

Shalon Park, a PhD student in the Department of History & Ecumenics at Princeton Theological Seminary, works on the relationships between language development and religious history of Korea, with particular concentrations in the history of vernacularization and Protestant missions of the 19th and 20th century Korea. Her research spans Korean literature, theories of translation, religion-state relations, nationalism, migration, and Asian-American Studies.

Select Publications

  • “The Politics of Impeaching Shamanism: Regulating Religions in the Korean Public Sphere,” Journal of Church and State, 26 December 2017.
  • “Displaced Continuity: Juche, Christianity, and Subjectivity of North Korean Migrants,” in Migration and Public Discourse in World Christianity. Ed. Afe Adogame, Raimundo Barreto and Wanderley P. da Rosa, forthcoming with Fortress Press.

Teaching Experience

  • Co-teaching: History of Religions 3340, “Making Christianity in Contemporary East Asia (Fall 2017, Prof. Richard F. Young)
  • Teaching Assistant: History of Religions 3600, “Jesus Beyond Christianity” (Spring 2018, Prof. Richard F. Young)
  • Teaching Assistant: Church History 3580 “Insiders and Outsiders in American Christianity” (Spring 2017, Prof. James H. Moorhead)


  • “The Vernacular Cosmopolitan: Linguistic Consciousness in Premodern Korea and Translatability.” Princeton Theological Seminary World Christianity Conference, (Princeton, January 2018)
  • “Historiography,” “North Korean Migrants and the Protestant Narrative of Modernity” The Yale-Edinburgh Conference, (Connecticut, June 2017)

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Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”