Program Coordinator, Alice Paul Center and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program


Office Location

345 Fisher Bennett Hall
Suite 343
Phone: 215-573-5562

Shana Bahemat (she/her or they/them) is a multi-disciplinary creative based in Philadelphia. Her work explores intergenerational trauma and its affects on our bodies and memories in the diaspora by utilizing creative writing and archiving as a tool to document her experiences and the stories of her ancestors.

Shana holds a Bachelors in Intercultural Communication and a Masters in Women's & Gender Studies from DePaul University. In her role as a Program Coordinator for the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, she works to integrate academic discourse and community oriented activism through program design.

In her personal and professional life, Shana prioritizes creative approaches to the politics of food and culture through the frameworks of women of color feminisms, queer politics, Iranian feminisms.

Currently, Shana is in the process of completing her 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training and is interested in looking at the intersections of social justice and the practice of yoga and meditation. She is committed to creating inclusive spaces that offer practices for people who are affected by various forms of trauma.

You can find her work published in issue no. 2 of invisibilities zine which collects the immigrant and diasporic histories, family lineages, and transgenerational memories of womxn.