Mariam Hassoun is an MSc in Education (Comparative and International Education) candidate at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation project is titled: Barriers to and Opportunities for Schooling for Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq. She is interested in how education can be used to reconstruct systems, countries, and persons impacted by conflict and education as a human right in emergencies, in the Middle East generally but specifically in Iraq. Although born in Auckland, New Zealand to two Iraqi parents, she calls New York City and Huntsville, Alabama home. Mariam is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory University with B.A. degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. Mariam researched English language education policy and ethical global development for her senior honors thesis. She founded Baraka English School in 2017, which provides education to orphans of the Iraq-Daesh war in Baghdad. In the past 5 years, she has fundraised over $20,000 to fund her educational work with Baraka. She is the director of the Global Resilience Stories Project, which collects and shares stories of resilience from the COVID-19 pandemic. With her friends and family, she loves making Spotify playlists, visiting art museums, and traveling.
Updated June 2021
More from Mariam Hassoun
Global Resilience COVID19 Stories Project
Our 2020 Fellow Mariam Hassoun created the Global Resilience COVID19 Stories Project, seeking to collect and share human stories of resilience that allow us to heal, connect, and feel.
The Global Resilience: COVID-19 Stories Project
Participate and share this year’s fellow Mariam Hassoun’s Action Project!
2020 HIA Warsaw Fellows enriched a Wikipedia timeline of disability rights
Mariam Hassoun, 2020 HIA Warsaw Fellow: ‘Wikipedia editing is a great way to support free access to information globally’ - and we couldn’t agree more!
The motivation of our Fellows to act for human rights presented in a short video
Organizacje społeczne. To działa, one of HIA Poland Fellowship's media partners, together with our Fellows created a short video where they tell about their motivation to act for human rights.
Interfaith Coalition Dinner Series
Senior Fellows Zoe Robbin and Mariam Hassoun created the "The Interfaith Coalition Dinner Series," which brought together student leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Secular on-campus spiritual and religious groups to plan a dinner series.
Humanity in Action Welcomes the 2020 US Fellows Cohort
From a competitive pool of applicants, 38 Fellows from the US were selected to join the 2020 Humanity in Action Fellows cohort.