Karen Elizabeth Park, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, teacher, writer, reader, traveler, wife and mother.

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norbert College

Since 2008 I have been a professor of theology and religious studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. My doctorate is in the History of Christianity from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. My interests include Marian devotion (shrines and apparitions) as part of the American religious experience, and the metaphorical use of language in theological and devotional contexts. I teach classes on the Christian Tradition, Religion in America, Mary Through the Ages, and Christian Mysticism as well as Theological Foundations.

In addition to teaching and my academic work, I write as frequently as I can on topics related to contemporary American religious life. I am driven to try and understand the religious underpinnings of our political discourse.

I read novels and short fiction and am a frequent storyteller at our local “Moth” storytelling initiative, StoryCatchers. I am also an aspiring writer of short and flash fiction.

I love to travel with my husband, Martyn Smith, and our four teen and young adult children.

What I Do

Teaching

Reading

Writing

Traveling

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
(2012-present)

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, St Norbert College
(2008-2012)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Studies, Lawrence University
(2006-2008)

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