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Karen Buenavista Hanna
Ann Plato Fellow in American Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2330 Office Location: Seabury T406
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Trinity College faculty member since 2018
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara (2018)
M.A., Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara (2013)
M.S., Mercy College (2005)
B.A., Brown Univ. (2003)

Karen Buenavista Hanna is a feminist scholar and oral historian of transnational social movements. Her research uses interdisciplinary methodologies to understand the gender and sexual politics of anti-imperialist Filipina/o organizations across time and space. Her teaching encourages students to be more than mere spectators to history and theory, challenging them to consider how the classroom might be a site to enact dreams for liberation and healing. Her writing has been published in Hyphen Magazine, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and is forthcoming in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, CUNY Forum, and American Quarterly. She has held numerous fellowships, including awards from the Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). Prior to her doctoral studies, from 2003 to 2011, she was a New York City public school teacher, pre-GED instructor with the Brooklyn Public Library, and community organizer working alongside Filipina/o immigrant youth and domestic workers.