Kristen Gianaris

China and Morocco Instructor, China Partnership Specialist

M.A. Anthropology and Sociology of Development, The Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland & The American University in Cairo, Egypt

B.A. Sociology/Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Illinois State University

Kristen has been working with Dragons since 2016. Prior to instructing courses with Dragons, she instructed courses with a similar organization for four summers and completed a Dragons educators course in Jordan. She has led groups of students around the U.S., Peru, India, Morocco, and China for summer, semester, and partnership courses. She has also taught social justice and ethnic studies at an alternative high school in Chicago for students who were unable to complete traditional high school programs. Outside of work in experiential education, Kristen has worked with a refugee resettlement organization, curated art, and has shared her own photography in multiple solo and group exhibitions. With an academic background in anthropology and sociology, she spent significant time studying and researching in Taiwan, Switzerland, and Egypt. Kristen is committed to following her passion for learning and sharing experiences with others.