Karen B. Hanna

Karen B. Hanna
Recent Graduate


Race and Nations


M.A. Feminist Studies, UCSB, 2013 

M.S., Childhood Education, Mercy College, 2005

B.A., Education Studies, Brown University, 2003

Research Areas:

Comparative radical social movements; women of color, transnational, and indigenous feminisms, queer of color critique; anti-racist decolonial pedagogy; disability justice; critical university studies. Prior to her doctoral studies, from 2003 to 2011, Karen was a New York City public school teacher, pre-GED instructor with the Brooklyn Public Library, and community organizer working with Filipina/o immigrant youth and domestic workers.


Karen's dissertation, Makibaka!: A Feminist Social History of the Transnational Filipina/o American Left, 1969-1992, uses oral histories and feminist methodologies to examine the history of the anti-imperialist Filipina/o Left in North America, beginning with the political exile of activists during the Marcos period in the Philippines and traces the Left's ideological shifts over time and across space. Karen's research has investigated how contradictions emerge and are resolved within community organizations and how organizers and activists address intra-organizational conflict and find healing.


“A Call For Healing: Transphobia, Homophobia, and Historical Trauma in Filipina/o/x American Activist Organizations," Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Summer 2017.

“Pedagogies in the Flesh: Building an Anti-Racist Decolonized Classroom,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Forthcoming.

“Breaking Bones With My Mother,” The Pin@y Radical Imagination Reader, Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano and Tony Santa Ana, eds. PAWA, Inc. Forthcoming Summer 2017.

"Living Beyond Survival," Deliberate: The Experiences of Women of Colo(u)r Graduate Students. Nehal El-Hadi, ed., Accepted.

“Sala Stories: Re-Imagining Movement Family in New York City’s Filipino Left,” Kamulatan, Nenita Pambid Domingo, ed. Accepted.

“Community and Grassroots Activism,” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Nancy Naples, ed. May 2016.

“Living Beyond Survival: 11 Tips for Women of Color in Academia,” Hyphen Magazine, 29 (Fall 2015): 21-24.