Professor Karis received his Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. His research considers the relationships between migration, identity, and citizenship in post-socialist contexts, with particular attention to cities as crucial sites of contestation over rights. His work combines an interest in the mobilizing conditions of global capitalism with classical anthropological concerns about culture, place, and social cohesion. His current research addresses how native-place networks help independent labor migrants overcome residency restrictions in Hanoi, Vietnam.
B.A., Skidmore College, 2001; M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2006; Ph.D., 2013