Park, Sowon S

Assistant Professor


D.Phil (Oxford)

Dr. Sowon S Park specializes in British Modernism, Political Fiction, World Literature, and the relationship between Literature and other forms of knowledge, in particular Cognitive Neuroscience.

Before coming to UCSB, she taught at Oxford University, where she was Lecturer and Tutor in English at Corpus Christi College. Her previous academic appointments were at Cambridge University and Ewha University, Seoul. She has also held visiting appointments at UCSD and ZFL, Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren, Berlin.

She is currently co-Investigator of the AHRC funded “Prismatic Translation’ project ( and Lead Faculty of the Crossroads project on 'Unconscious Memory and the Human Mind'.

Her latest publication is 'Dear Leader! Big Brother! : On Transparency and Emotional Policing' in Policing Literary Theory  eds., Mihailescu and Yokota-Murakami (Brill, 2018).

Her academic writing has appeared in The Review of English Studies, MLQ, ELT, European Review, Arcadia, The Journal of World Literature, Comparative Critical Studies and others.




South Hall 2719

Office Hours: 

Spring 18: Please email


(805) 893-4148


(805) 893-4622


Mailing Address: 

English Department, South Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9580

Students and scholars interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research on neurocognitive literary criticism are encouraged to write to Dr Park.


Literature and the Mind
Cognitive Science Program
Comparative Literature
Literary Theory
Theories of Gender and Sexualities
Twentieth Century Anglophone Literature

Research Interests: 

  • British Modernism
  • Political Fiction
  • World Literature
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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