Fariha I. Khan, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania


Fariha Khan is currently the Associate Director of Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and interests include South Asian American Studies and Folklore, Asian American communities, Muslim American identity, and ethnic identity and migration. She received a Master's degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on South Asian American Muslims and the Bangladeshi American community.  Actively involved in the Philadelphia community, Dr. Khan is Chair of the Board of Directors for Artwell and for the Pan Asian American Community House at Penn.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Folklore Project, Intercultural Journeys, and is a Trustee of the Friends' Central School.