Amina Hassan, a second generation Angeleno, is an independent historian and an award-winning public radio documentarian with productions ranging from an NPR radio series on how race, class and gender shape American sport to the coup and on-the-spot recording of the U.S. invasion of Grenada to a national radio series on the Bill of Rights. From Tehran, Iran she reported on the American hostage crisis. Her diverse background in public radio and media activism has allowed her to live and travel extensively in the Caribbean, the Near and Middle East, North Africa, Central America and Europe. By the time she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, she was a single parent raising five children who, during one summer, travelled to Europe and across North Africa with two children under the age of two. During her career as a public radio documentarian she remained actively committed to social, cultural, gender and foreign policy issues.
She has been a Corporation for Public Broadcasting consultant; administered radio projects for the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C. based research center.
Dr. Hassan, who attended UCLA, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in telecommunications and a Ph.D. in rhetorical criticism from Ohio University. She divides her time between Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C.