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. As both artist and organizer, alhassen performed and wrote for internationally touring play “Hijabi Monologues” (composed of lived experiences scribed by Muslim women) and worked with arts-based social justice organization Blackout Arts Collective. She recently defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Southern California’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. As a Senior Fellow of the Pop Culture Collaborative, Alhassen will lead a project to unlock new pathways to create and popularize authentic narratives for Muslims in pop culture. She will curate a cohort of Muslim stakeholders across advocacy, social justice, philanthropic, entertainment, marketing, and other fields. She is currently consulting on big studio film and TV projects that involve the portrayal of Muslim and Arab characters.
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