Karis Ryu

Karis Ryu
2020-2021 UNDERGRADUATE FELLOW

Biography

Karis Ryu ’21 is an undergraduate double-concentrating in History and East Asian Studies. Her honors thesis in History, tentatively titled “A Way of Life: Remembering the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan of the Cold War," explores the formation and understanding of identity through the preservation and interpretation of memories by military dependents, particularly the children of service-member parents, and personnel who lived on the U.S. military base in Seoul during its first decades of operation. She will draw from existing scholarship in areas including U.S. military history, modern Korean history, memory studies, and sociology, accompanied by oral and written primary sources, to create an original contribution that exists at the intersections of multiple disciplines. Her thesis represents an undergraduate culmination of personal experiences as a U.S. military dependent of Korean descent and academic interests in cultural memory, imperialism, and the interstitial spaces of historical narratives. Within her undergraduate studies, she also seeks to cultivate and apply her interest in marginal perspectives to theology and world Christianity.