Dr. Yamila Hussein Shanna (Ed.D, Harvard University) is a scholar, an educator, activist and public speaker dedicated to socio-economic and political justice. Her work examines how matrices of oppression and liberation operate in the context of settler colonialism and anti-Black racism. Dr. Hussein teaches at the graduate level on the intricate relationship between language, power and (in)justice, critical race theory, the institutionalization of oppression and liberation. She has designed, directed and taught academic programs for teachers in Boston (Harvard University, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston), and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico and the Balkans). Focusing on schools, her courses interrogate the role of teachers and students in cultivating their political clarity to engage in liberation work towards justice. .Prior to her doctorate, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine.
A Palestinian born in Colombia and raised in Jerusalem she is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English. After spending 23 years in the USA, she is currently back home in Palestine.