Karen Hanna


Karen Hanna is a Filipina-Thai-Chinese American doctoral candidate in the department of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  A former New York City public school teacher, GED instructor and community organizer, Karen is fiercely dedicated to building trans- and queer-inclusive healing spaces for women of color.

Living Beyond Survival

11 Tips for Women of Color in Academia

Survival has not always been my primary mode of being. A middle-class upbringing, loving parents and an Ivy League degree made me believe that I could succeed at anything. As an American citizen, I do not fear deportation. I am not poor. I am a single person without a family to feed. As a cisgender woman in a long-term relationship with a cisgender man, I enjoy straight and cis privileges. I have lived a life of strong and able-bodied health.