Maytha Alhassen, Ph.D. is a historian, journalist, social justice artist, and mending practitioner. Her work bridges the worlds of organizing, academic research, media engagement, artistic expression and spiritually-guided healing practices.
Maytha Alhassen received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from University of Southern California in December 2017. She studies cultural histories, social movements and friendships, race and ethnicity, social justice and the arts, travel, global flows, critical migration studies, women + gender, sacred femininities, media studies, Afro-Arab “solidarity politics,” Malcolm X, global south, food justice, and indigenous spiritual healing technologies and practices.
While a doctoral student at USC, Alhassen assisted in the launch of the Middle East Studies Program (now a department). This Fall, Alhassen began teaching for Prescott College’s M.A. in Social Justice and Community Organizing and will be instructing graduate students within Chapman University’s Peace Studies program.
Alhassen received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Arabic and Islamic studies from the UCLA in 2004 and her master’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2008. While at Columbia, Alhassen conducted research for the university’s Malcolm X Project.