Dr. Karun Karki
MA, MSW, RSW, PhD
School of Social Work
St. John’s College
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL, Canada A1C 5S7
Namaste! I was born and raised in a rural community of Taplejung district in northeastern Nepal. The diverse topography and charismatic features of mountains with flora and fauna, and people with multilingual, multireligious, and multiethnic identities have shaped my epistemology of ‘how I know what I know’. I embodied a rustic life of indigenous Nepali that contour my inner ‘self’. My academic journey has been a pathway of un-learning and/or re-learning that has established re-righting the right, unknown to be known, and unheard to be heard. I have been working with and writing about the marginalized voices of racialized communities. So, I identify myself as a critical race scholar.
I joined the School of Social Work at Memorial University in November 2019. Prior to Memorial, I was a part-time contract faculty in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and was pursuing my PhD in Social Work at the same university. My doctoral dissertation examined the lived-employment experiences of skilled minoritized immigrants in the Canadian labour market. I have earned an MSW at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA. Additionally, I have earned an MA in Sociology, an MA in English Literature, a B.Ed. in Linguistics and Psychology, and a B.A. in English Literature and Demography at Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
My academic and professional interests are grounded in critical theories, anti-oppressive and social justice praxis. My scholarly inquires include, migration and globalization at the macro level; sense of belonging among transnational and diasporic communities at the meso level; and, the lived experiences of socio-economic, civic and cultural of integration of immigrants and refugees at the micro level. In my social work research and practice, I adopt collaborative and community-based approaches that foreground the values of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses including, Integrating theories and practice, Anti-oppressive social work practice, Transnational social work practice, Social work interviewing skills, Social justice and social work practice, Social work research methods and Statistics.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Working on a manuscript with Dr. Nancy Freymond, Wilfrid Laurier University
Research Project: Research in the MSW Field Placement; Professional Identity Formation of Social Worker and Social Work Researcher.
- Working on a manuscript with Dr. Rupa Banerjee, Ryerson University
Research Project: Employment Status of Immigrants Coming to Canada through Express Entry Program.
- Working on a manuscript with Dr. Rupa Banerjee, Ryerson University
Research Project: Keeping Her in Her Place: Gender Intersections, Migration, and Socio-Political Exclusion.
Karki, K. K., & Neupane, D. J. (Revised and Resubmitted). Refugee demographics: Who is coming to Canada? In B. Sethi, S. Guruge & R. Csiernik (Eds.), Understanding the refugees experience in the Canadian context. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Karki, K. K., Chi, M., Grosset, C., Vasic, J., Gokani, R., & Kumsa, M. K. (2018). Entering precarious job markets in the era of austerity measures: The perceptions of MSW students. Critical and Radical Social Work, 6(3), 291 – 310.
Karki, K. K. (2016). Walking the complexities between two worlds: A personal story of epistemological tensions in knowledge production. Qualitative Social Work, 0(00),1-12. doi: 10.1177/1473325016652678.
Karki, K. K., Miah, M. R., & Jurkowski, E. T. (2012). Global health. In R. Keef & E. T. Jurkowski (Eds.), Handbook for public health social work (PP. 213-230). New York, NY: Springer
PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Karki, K. K. (2019). Global race for skilled workers: Continuation of colonial legacy in Canada’s immigration policy. International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, Canada, June 24-28, 2019
Karki, K. K. (2019). Doctor there, taxi driver here: Downward occupational mobility of skilled minoritized immigrants in Canada’s job market. 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, March 9, 2019.
Karki, K. K. (2018). Canada’s immigration policy and the colonial past: A critical analysis through skilled immigrants’ perspective. 11th Social Work Research Forum, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada, November 16, 2018
Karki, K. K. (2018). The Deskilling Experiences of Skilled Minoritized Immigrants in the Canadian Labour Market: A Study in Third-Tier Cities in South-western Ontario. International Metropolis Conference, Sydney, Australia, October 29 - November 2, 2018.
Karki, K. K., & Chaulagain, R. (2018). Skilling, reskilling and deskilling: Lived-employment experiences of minoritized immigrants in the Canadian Labour Market. The Oxford Symposium on Population, Migration, and the Environment. The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, August 2-3, 2018.
Karki, K. K., Nyaupane, B., & Sapkota, D. (2017). Reintegration challenges and coping strategies among the survivors of girl trafficking in rural communities in Nepal. International Conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls. Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, USA, March 24-26, 2017
Karki, K. K., Khan, M. N., Miah, M. M. (2016). Microfinance: A gateway to achieving millennium development goals and post-2015 development agenda. Canadian Association of Social Work Education. University of Calgary, AB, May 30-June 2, 2016.
Camacho, D., Bhattacharya, A., Moore, K., Vargas, L., Wells, V. D., Laurila, K., Juan, W., Karki, K. K., Bakash, B., Sky, I., Smith, A. B. (2016). In search of epistemologies: Our reflexive epistemological journeys of how we have come to know; so far. Panel Discussion. Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 18-21, 2016
Karki, K. K. (2016). Walking the complexities between two worlds: A personal story of epistemological tensions in knowledge production. Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 18-21, 2016
Karki, K. K. (2015). The hidden face of violence behind closed door: Intra-women relational conflict between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law in the rural communities of Nepal. Fifth Women’s Leadership International Conference. Boston, MA, September 18, 2015.
Karki, K. K. (2015). Credential recognition and skill utilization: Are the streets paved with gold for skilled visible minority immigrants in Canada? Canadian Association of Social Work Education. University of Ottawa, ON. June 4, 2015
Vasic, J., Gokani, R., Karki, K. K., Chi, M., Grosset, C., & Kumsa, M. K. (2014). Entering Precarious Job Markets in the Era of Austerity Measures: The Perceptions of Graduating Social Work Students. Faculty of Social Work, Research Forum. Wilfrid Laurier University, ON, February 23, 2015
Chi, M. Karki, K. K., Clarke, S., Gokani, R., Grosset, C., Vasic, J., & Kumsa, M. K. (2014). Engaging the boundaries of austerity measures: MSW student’s concerns and strategies of creating new frontiers. Canadian Association of Social Work Education. St. Catharine, ON. May 29, 2014
Karki, K. K. (2013). Acculturation gap, role reversal, and family functioning in immigrant families in the United States. Graduate Research Forum. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, March 18, 2013
Cho, D., Karki, K. K., Joseph, K., Morrison, S., & Robinson, L. (2013). Influence of parental demographics on collegiate expectations an involvement. Graduate Research Forum. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, May 4, 2013
Karki, K, K. (2011). Barriers to international students in utilizing student health center. Regional Behavioral Health, Aging & Wellness Annual Conference, IL, USA. September 2011.
RESEARCH GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
1. University of Technology Sydney, Australia, 2018
Travel grant, International Metropolis, Sydney, Australia
2. Centre for Community Based Research, Waterloo, Ontario, 2017
Helmut Braun Memorial Scholarship Award
3. Metropolis North America, 2015
Metropolis Professional Development Award
4. Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada, 2013 -2018
- Research Grant, Office of the Research Services, 2018
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2018 – 2019
- Dr. John Melichercik PhD Social Work Award, 2017
- Social Work Alumni Award for Graduate Student, 2017
- Travel Grant, Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies, 2017
- Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarship, 2016
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2015 – 2016
- Academic Development Award, 2015
- Research Grant, Faculty of Social Work, 2015
- Professional Development Award, 2015
- Travel Grant from Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies, 2015
- Laurier Graduate Scholarship, 2013 – 2016
- Graduate International Student Scholarship, 2013-2014
- Entrance Scholarship, Faculty of Social Work, 2013
5. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA
Huel D. Perkins Fellowship Award, 2012-2013
6. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois, USA
Graduate Scholarship, 2010-2012
7. Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2007