Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
Karen specializes in the U.S. in the World during the Progressive Era and interwar period. She has a B.A. and M.A. from Brandeis University, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2010. Her doctoral work used the U.S. Young Women's Christian Association as a case study to explore U.S. attempts at cultural imperialism in India, the Philippines, Argentina, and Nigeria, and she is currently adding post-WWI Poland for the book manuscript.
She has taught courses in general U.S. History, U.S. women's history, U.S. racial and ethnic history, and the social constructions of citizenship in the U.S.