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Karen Adjei '18

Karen Adjei

Karen Adjei is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Asian American Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, her history senior thesis explores how Japanese American women’s testimonies and oral histories from the Redress Movement in Chicago provided alternative narratives of identity, belonging, and reparations. She began this project at the University of Chicago’s Summer Research Training Program in the summer. Inspired by her study abroad experience in South Africa through GESI, and her experience of interviewing a Vietnam War survivor and creating a podcast, she is interested in incorporating the daily aspects of people's lives and their life stories in her research. Karen was awarded the 2016 Wilks Prize in African History for an outstanding undergraduate essay submitted in Professor Jonathon Glassman's History of South Africa course. She was also selected to join Professors Sharma’s and Hobart’s seminar, Race and Indigeneity in the Pacific, and traveled to Hawai’i for a week in the Fall for experiential learning and research; at the end of the quarter she will present her work at a research symposium. She is a current peer academic coach at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching as well as a writing consultant at the Writing Place. After graduation, Karen hopes to continue developing her research interests and abilities through fellowships and other opportunities, and would like to begin exploring media and entertainment mediums to better showcase her work.