Hanna joined the UCL Department of History of Art in 2016. In 2018, she became Research Professor at Bern University of the Arts. Prior to this, she was Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor, Cultures of Conservation, at the Bard Graduate Center in New York (2013-15), Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2009-13), and Head of Conservation at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany (2007-9). She obtained her PhD in 2013 from the University of Amsterdam, Institute of Art History and Cultural Studies and ASCA Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.
Hanna’s research was funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art (2019-20), the Swiss National Science Foundation (2019-), the Getty Foundation (2016-17), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013-15) and Dutch Research Council (2009-13). At UCL, she received UCL Global Engagement Funding to develop a research collaboration with Brazilian universities (2019-21), a Dean’s Strategic Fund Small Grant for Education and Research Activities at the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences (2019), and has developed and supervised a UCL Laidlaw Scholarship project (2019-2020) in order to further expand The Cabinet of Obsolete Technologies, which she founded in 2017. As a research and teaching collection located at the Department of History of Art, The Cabinet of Obsolete Technologies entails technologies of the still and moving image and aims to facilitate object-based learning on undergraduate and postgraduate level.