Hannah Joy Sachs

Myanmar & Indonesia Instructor

University of Oxford – MSc, Migration Studies
Davidson College – BA, Sociology

Hannah is an experiential educator who joined the Dragons community in 2019.

Adopted from China and raised in a white Jewish family in the suburbs of New York City, Hannah has grappled with her identity, sense of belonging, and understanding of “home” for as long as she can remember. Her upbringing inspired her to research racial and cultural identity development within the transracial transnational Asian American adoptee community. She first studied Sociology at Davidson College before completing an MSc in Migration Studies from University of Oxford.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Hannah continued to search for a sense of community, adventure, and better understanding of her identity through travel as an international student, global program leader, and independent explorer. Highlights include cycling the landscapes of Mae Sariang; learning from migration advocates in Berlin; camping under the stars in the Outback, and sharing Shabbat dinner with Jews from around the world in São Paulo.

Prior to joining Dragons, Hannah spent several seasons leading educational trips in East and Southeast Asia with other organizations as well as gained experience working in the Jewish non-profit world. She currently serves as the US National Director of Humanity in Action, a nonprofit that runs human rights Fellowships for young professionals in Europe and the United States.

Outside of work, Hannah is a horseback rider and loves volunteering with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center. She loves reading and writing, watching (not playing!) sports, crafting, and spending time with loved ones.

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