Dr Karen Park
Karen Park - EWA Linguist
DetailsName: Dr Karen Park
Position: Ethno-ornithology World Archive linguist
Dr Karen Park is EWA Linguist. Karen Park received her DPhil in Linguistics from the University of Oxford in 2012. Her research has explored both language change and loss in little known Pacific dialects and theoretical approaches to structure and meaning in language, with a particular focus on reflexive systems. Karen’s undergraduate pursuits were divided between the core sciences and English literature. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she spent a year working in a medical research lab studying vector-borne disease in migrating birds before leaving the country for the U.S. Peace Corps – first teaching in a university in Western China and later working on sustainable development and conservation projects in the Fiji Islands. Her work in Fiji included participation in a National Trust of Fiji Islands bird sanctuary and awareness project that resulted in the establishment of the Solodamu Muanakaka Bird Sanctuary in Kadavu. Currently an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow working for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and a Research Collaborator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Karen will be located in Washington, D.C. until she joins EWA on a full-time basis in June.