Maytha Alhassen
Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Maytha Alhassen is a University of Southern California (USC) Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity, studying historical encounters between Black internationalism and the Arab diaspora, race & ethnicity, social justice & the arts, travel & global flows, gender, media and narrative healing. Her work in and outside academia bridges the worlds of social justice, academic research and artistic expression. Alhassen has written for CNN, CounterPunch, PolicyMic, academic journals and other online and print publications. In addition to her journalistic and academic writing, she has appeared on CNN and Al Jazeera English and contributed an essay to a book on American Muslim women's stories, "I Speak For Myself." Alhassen recently co-edited a book on the Arab uprisings, youth and social media with HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions, (White Cloud Press). Additionally, Alhassen teaches yoga to people & communities seeking healing, is a committed global wanderluster, and pens poems sub rosa. She can be reached through her website,; by email at; or on Twitter @mayalhassen.