Maytha Alhassen is a Syrian-American journalist, poet and scholar. Her work bridges the worlds of social justice, academic research, media engagement and artistic expression. Dr. Alhassen received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from University of Southern California in December 2017. She studies historical encounters between Black internationalism and the Arab diaspora, race and ethnicity, transnationalism, social justice and the arts, travel and global flows, gender, media and narrative healing. While a doctoral student at USC, Alhassen assisted in the launch of the Middle East Studies Program (now a department).