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Maytha Alhassen

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 bridges the worlds of social justice, academic research, media engagement and artistic expression. Artistically, Alhassen writes and performs poetry and has worked as a performer and organizer for the play “Hijabi Monologues.” Alhassen regularly appears on Al Jazeera English social media focused program “The Stream” as a guest co-host/digital producer. She also shared what it means to be a US-born woman practicing Islam with CNN and regularly appears on HuffPost Live, Fusion Network, Pivot and the Young Turks. Alhassen’s writings have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post, La Vanguardia (in Catalonia and Spanish), Mic, Counterpunch and in academic journals (Journal of Africana Religions, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences) and she has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and The Nation. She can be reached through her website, mayalhassen.com; by email at alhassen@usc.edu; or on Twitter @mayalhassen.