Karis is a research associate at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) exploring ethnic inequality in higher education. Before coming to Manchester she was employed as a Lecturer in Sociology at City, University of London.
Karis obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2017 as part of an ESRC NWDTC +3 studentship. Her PhD explored the macro and micro-politics of Black mixed race as both a personal identity and as a social/ethnic category in Britain, from the 1960s to the present day. She is author of the forthcoming book Making Mixed Race: A Study of Time, Place and Identity (Routledge).
Her research interests span areas of (mixed) race/ethnic identity, geographies of race, intersectional inequalities, Black feminism, youth identities, anti-racism and institutional racism in education. She sits on the editorial board of The Sociological Review and the UKCGE Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research. Outside of academia she is a school governor and serves on the voluntary management committee of an adventure playground in Brixton, London.