KARIS HAEWON RYU | 류혜원 is a scholar, creative writer, and performing artist pursuing questions related to race, gender, religion, diaspora, indigeneity, and belonging, particularly in Asian North American contexts. Based in the New England area for the past six years, she currently interrogates the racialization of Asian American bodies in juxtaposition to Puritan colonial legacies. She is interested in how Asian American art challenges, complicates, and envisions life beyond and despite racial capitalism.
The first in her entire extended family to be born and raised on North American land, Karis’s life took a turn at the age of two when her father became a chaplain in the U.S. Army. She moved over ten times across North America and Asia before attending college. Her intellectual, artistic, and personal development can be attributed to these wide-ranging, complicated, and at many times perplexing life experiences. Her essays, fiction, and poetry have been published or are forthcoming with literary magazines, academic journals, and artistic collaborations.
Karis is currently a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Religion program at Yale Divinity School. She received her B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from Brown University in 2021.