Karissa is a recent graduate of Stanford, where she majored in History with a focus on modern Chinese history and film. She spent her undergrad years conducting archival research on China’s Republican Era and the Second Sino-Japanese War and examining the evolution of state-society relations through the lens of post-socialist Chinese film. She is also passionate about maps and multimodal storytelling, in particular their capacity to convey multifaceted narratives and amplify underrepresented voices and movements. At Stanford, Karissa helped build a digital map of Stanford’s history of activism, collected oral histories of the Chinese diaspora in Cape Town while abroad in South Africa, and mapped deforestation and mass displacement in a northern Colombia municipality for a spatial history course. She is excited to continue interrogating concepts of historical memory and public space as a Mapping Inequities Fellow.
Updated May 2022