Hana Kassem graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economics, minors in Arabic and Spanish, and a concentration in Middle East Regional Studies. She completed both a course in advanced Arabic studies at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and an exchange program at the University of Seville in Spain. Hana has conducted research culminating in an economics thesis analyzing the right to work and economic contributions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, as well as an honors international affairs thesis documenting the oral history and national identity expressions of Palestinian refugees through multiple generations.
During the course of her studies, Hana completed internships in the House of Representatives in the office of former Congressman Keith Ellison, American Near East Refugee Aid, and Qatar Foundation International. In her final year of undergraduate studies, she served as president of the Arab Student Association at GW and volunteered as a conversation leader and tutor to ESL students. Hana’s family background and experiences in the Middle East have sparked her interest in studying human rights, refugee law, and conflict resolution. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, speaks Arabic and Spanish, and in her spare time enjoys traveling, exercising, and watching soccer.