Karen Carr

A native of New Haven, CT, Karen L. Carr earned her PhD 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.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • LAS-E502-01 Contemporary Critical Theory
  • LAS-E101-11 First-year Literature Seminar
  • LAS-E101-32 First-year Literature Seminar

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • LAS-W520-01 Freaks, Queens, Minstrels, and Spectacles Of The Human Body
  • Karen Carr’s CV
  • BA, Evergreen State College
  • CERT, RI School of Design CE
  • MA, University of Rhode Island
  • PHD, University of Rhode Island


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design