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Jonathan Karp is a PhD candidate in Harvard's American Studies program, where he researches histories of race, labor, and performance from the early 20th century to the present. Also a musician, Karp performs frequently around Boston as a violinist and violist.
This year, Karp will complete his dissertation, “Performances of Aftermath: Race, Labor, and Crisis in the Progressive Era.” His research at Radcliffe will focus on the history of the riot report in the United States and James Weldon Johnson’s poetics of political organizing.
Karp’s research has been supported by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Newberry. His writing was recently featured in a special issue of Common Reader on the material world of modern segregation. Karp earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.