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EIU Department of English


Dr. Suzie A. Park, Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Office: 3030 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-6981

Spring 2018 Office Hours: Tuesday 10:45am-12:30pm; Thursday 10:45am-12:30pm; Friday 1:00-1:30pm

Park's public humanities keynote address--"The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death"--can be seen here.

See a Phi Beta Kappa "Behind the Key" profile of Suzie here.

Park is President of the PHI BETA KAPPA East Central Illinois Alumni Association. We've been going strong for 30 years!!!

Born near Los Angeles, and raised in Phoenix, Dr. Suzie Asha Park earned her Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley and her B.A. in English and in African and Asian Languages and Literature at Duke University. Before teaching at EIU, Dr. Park taught as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at UC Davis and worked as a technical writer at a software company in Silicon Valley. While her undergraduate interests included pre-med studies, English, and music, her passion for literature won out in the end. 

Her areas of teaching and research interest include British Romanticism, the novel, poetry, women writers, sentimental culture, literary theory, information theory, and the medical humanities. Her articles have appeared in journals including Nineteenth-Century Prose, Literature CompassEighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, European Romantic Review, and in the edited collection Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830 (Liverpool UP, 2008).  

She has been an NEH Fellow, Mellon Fellow, and participant in the National Humanities Center Summer Institute. She is currently at work on two book projects, titled Compulsory Narration: Resisting the Demand for Depth in an Age of Information, 1750-1850, and Preparing for Eventualities, and is organizing a major public outreach program for the greater Central Illinois area entitled "Dying in an Age of Health: Medical Humanities in the Public Square": 

In 2015, Dr. Park was awarded the Provost's Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for the College of Arts and Humanities and the Rodney S. Ranes Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for the university.

Elected to one of only five open at-large seats on the National Phi Beta Kappa Senate, Dr. Park serves the country's most prestigious honors society as a National Senator:


Frequently Taught Courses

HIC 2000G: Introduction to Humanities: Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving (Spring 2016)

"Race, Activism, Censorship, Erasure":

The course asks how we can better understand contemporary racial, economic, and political identities as the product of a much longer history—stretching from Biblical times to the Renaissance, the Enlightenment to the African slave diaspora, and the contemporary. One of the main goals of this course is to explore the incredibly wide range of responses—some resistant, some compliant—to race-based political, social, and economic oppression.

English 4775: Literature and Science: On Bugs, Zombies, and Literary Theory


University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in English

Duke University, B.A. in English and in African and Asian Languages and Literature

Inducted into the national honors organization, Phi Beta Kappa, at Duke University (Beta Chapter of North Carolina), Dr. Park has served as the President of the PBK Alumni Association of East Central Illinois since 2008.


Dr. Park serves on the Medical Ethics Committee of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center:

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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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