Faculty: Karen Carr

Biography

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Karen L. Carr earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island in 1993, and started teaching at RISD in 1997. She has developed and taught courses in a wide range of literary and cultural studies, including gender studies, race and ethnicity, and the history of freak shows, minstrel shows, and the carnivalesque. Her story, “Until She Sings” won first prize in the Providence Journal’s fiction contest. Her writing has also appeared in Postmodern Culture, The Fertile Source and, most recently, Contrary Magazine.

Karen Carr

Karen Carr

Senior Lecturer
kcarr@risd.edu
401-454-6572

  • BA, Evergreen State College
  • MA, University of Rhode Island
  • PHD, University of Rhode Island

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Courses
  • LAS-E502
    CONTEMPORARY CRITICAL THEORY
  • LAS-E520
    FREAKS, QUEENS, MINSTRELS, AND SPECTACLES OF THE HUMAN BODY
  • LAS-E101
    LITERATURE SEM: DESIGN IN WORDS
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