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Karina is a doctoral student in the department of Anthropology. Her interests are centered around migration, kinship, and identity; specifically, how the construction of kinship and its role in identity formation are based on cultural contexts and can be informed by the state. She wants to explore how varied forms and definitions of kinship for immigrant and displaced communities create new narratives of family, belonging, and identity, and ultimately relate to memory, preservation, and connection to homeland. Karina is a native New Yorker (Bronx, NY) and has spent the past several years working in higher education with a focus on areas of community building, belonging, and inclusion for undergraduate students. She holds a BA in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and a MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan.
migration, kinship, identity, belonging, diaspora, Caribbean