Fariha I. Khan

Associate Director, Asian American Studies
MA, Yale University, Arabic and Islamic Studies; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife

Fariha Khan is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also teaches courses on South Asians in the U.S, Asian American Communities, as well as Muslim Identity in America. She received a Master's degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University and a PhD 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 the Pan Asian American Community House at Penn and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Folklore Project.  She is also a member of the Board for Intercultural Journeys, and was appointed in 2015 to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Office Location: 
166 McNeil Building
Office Hours: 
3718 Locust Walk
Research Interests: 

Ethnicity and Migration, South Asian Americans. Muslim Americans, Asian American Community Folklife, APA Activism

Courses Taught: 

South Asians in the U.S.

Asian American Communities

Muslim Identity in America


American Folklore Society

Association for Asian American Studies

Philadelphia Folklore Project

Intercultural Journeys

Friends' Central School