Karilyn is currently a PhD candidate in the American Studies program at Yale. Her doctoral research focuses on large-scale land use changes in twentieth century American cities and examines the geographic implications of structural poverty. Prior to graduate school, Karilyn co-founded and ran an award winning, educational non-profit organization called Multicultural Youth Tour Of What’s Now (MYTOWN).
Based in Boston, MYTOWN hires public high school students to research their local and family histories to produce youth-led walking tours for sale to public audiences. Now approaching its 15th year, MYTOWN has created jobs for more than 300 low and moderate-income teenagers, who have in turn led public walking tours for more than 14,000 visitors and residents. The National Endowment for the Humanities has recognized MYTOWN as ‘One of ten best Youth Humanities Programs in America.’
Karilyn’s professional and academic work has consistently targeted serving the needs of youth living in under resourced communities. Her career goal is to continue to contribute to work at the nexus of education, economic development and urban revitalization.