Hanan obtained her Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs at Yale in 2016. Her professional background is in diplomacy and communications, with work experience in governmental, non-governmental, and regional institutions in Egypt. Prior to coming to Yale, Hanan worked as a desk officer at the cabinet of the former Secretary General of the Arab League, Amre Moussa, and as a political aide to his chief of staff, which gave her considerable experience in Arab and Middle Eastern affairs.
Her research interests include forced migration and refugee issues, social movements, state-society relations, the art of protest, framing processes and identity construction.
Hanan is also a published writer, with a profound interest in arts and culture. She took part in a number of independent art projects in Egypt, including creative writing and storytelling workshops. While finishing a documentary film-making class at Yale, she worked on editing and directing her first documentary, A Place in the Homeland.