Hanna is from Mississippi with a BA in American Studies and Russian Language, Literature, and Culture from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013 and was awarded a Fulbright. Her background is as an activist with on-call sexual assault crisis response on University campuses, the Russian punk protest movement, and generational divides between women in the American south. She has experience in documentary + TV production for public broadcasting, radio + web production for the arts and cultural exchange, and non-profit founding, organization, and development. Hanna has lived in the “Detroit of Russia,” walked across Mississippi, and raced motocross — all elements in her narrative of story hearing and telling. At UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, she’s studying documentary filmmaking and continuing studying Russian language and politics. You can see her work in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, Aljazeera Plus, U.S. News and World Report, SF Gate, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.