Class of 2021
Hometown: Show Low, Arizona
Research Interests: Refugees and displacement, diplomacy in the Middle East, international relations, human trafficking, and war ethics
Caris graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri in 2018 with a B.A. in International Relations and Institutions and Policy. As an undergrad, she began to learn Arabic and developed a passion for studying politics in the Arab world. In 2016, Caris studied at Oxford University through the Oxbridge Honors Program, where she wrote extensively about political theory, Christian apologetics, and regional politics. Her senior research applied war ethics principles to the Iraq War; this reflects her broader interest in applying ethics to foreign policy. In the MAAS Program, Caris concentrates in politics and pursues a Certificate in Diplomacy Studies. This summer, Caris received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Oman. Ultimately, she aspires to work for the U.S. State Department or work for a nonprofit organization in the region.