Fariha I. Khan

Fariha I. Khan

Associate Director of Asian American Studies


3718 Locust Walk
459 McNeil Building
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6299


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, Asian American Food, 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 Asian American community.  Actively involved in the Philadelphia community, Dr. Khan is Co-Chair of the Board of the Philadelphia Folklore Project and Vice Chair of the Board of the Samuel S. Fels Fund. She serves on the Board of the American Folklore Society and is a member of the James Brister Alumni Society.  Dr. Khan was appointed in 2015 to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and served until 2019.


MA, Yale University, Arabic and Islamic Studies; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife

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
Asian American Food


American Folklore Society

Association for Asian American Studies 

Association for Asian Studies

James Brister Society