John Kennedy received his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is a PhD student at Cornell University. Prior to graduate study, they co-founded a social impact company, Ix Style Inc., in Guatemala to support Maya artisanal collectives. Their current interdisciplinary and transnational work explores the intersections of memory, trauma, debt, and migration; performance art and literature; documentary and Instagram culture. His work has been featured or published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Ámbitos Feministas, and other publications. As a NY Public Humanities Fellow, John is organizing a series of conversations, interviews, and surveys on migration with a focus on the current pandemic, migrant debt, and border securitization policies.