Karis is a Legacy in Action Research Fellow at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre. Her current research focuses on barbershops and examines their function as counter-hegemonic spaces and key social institutions for Black communities in Britain. Prior to this role she was a Research Associate at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester and held a lectureship at City, University of London (2018).
She obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2017 as part of an ESRC +3 studentship. Her thesis examined the macro and micro-politics of the Black mixed-race experience as a personal identity and as an emerging social/ethnic category in Britain, from the 1960s to the present day. Prior to that she completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at Manchester (2013).
She is currently writing a book entitled Making Mixed Race: A Study of Time, Place and Identity (Routledge). Her research interests span areas of (mixed) race/ethnic identity, geographies of race in urban space, intersectional inequalities, Black feminism, youth identities, anti-racism and institutional racism in education.
She sits on the editorial board of The Sociological Review, the UKCGE Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research and is an affiliate member of CoDE. Outside of academia she is a school governor and serves on the voluntary management committee of an adventure playground in Brixton, London.