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Yale University
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united states, korea, transpacific, asian american studies, 20th century, 21st century, religion, race, cultural history, art, performance, literature, music, gender, military
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About Me

Karis Ryu an incoming PhD student at Yale University. Her areas of interest lie broadly in American religious history, Asian American and ethnic studies, and Korean studies, considering transpacific conversations and methodologies. As a cultural historian, she broadly asks how conceptions of religion are challenged and redefined by Asian American and diasporic Asian artists across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her current project asks how Ruth Ozeki’s literary work contests and redefines “religion” in and beyond the cultural formations of the white Protestant secular. In her doctoral work, she is interested in exploring how contemporary Asian and diasporic Asian musical artists imagine and live race, religion, gender, and sound.

Alongside her scholarship, Karis is a creative writer whose poetry and prose have been published by literary magazines, journals, and independent artist books. She holds a BA from Brown University in History and East Asian Studies, and will graduate from Yale Divinity School with an MA in Religion in 2023.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, East Asia, Korea, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Military, Race, Religion