Karen Buenavista Hanna

Karen Buenavista Hanna

Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2019

B.A., Brown University
M.S., Mercy College
M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara


Social Movements

Filipinx Studies

Women of Color and Transnational Feminism

Diaspora Studies

Disability Justice

Queer of Color Critique

Radical Pedagogy

Decolonial Praxis

As a feminist scholar and oral historian of transnational social movements, Karen Buenavista Hanna has informed her research using interdisciplinary methodologies to explore the gender and sexual politics of anti-imperialist Filipina/o organizations. Her personally grounded narratives illuminate the intersections of disability, hetero-patriarchy, racism, capitalism, migration, spirituality, and the family. Hanna's teaching encourages students to interrogate how they study history and theory, challenging them to consider how the classroom might be a site to enact dreams for liberation and healing.

Hanna has been published in Hyphen Magazine, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, CUNY Forum, and American Quarterly and has been awarded fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Sciences, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. 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.

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Mailing Address

Karen Buenavista Hanna
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320