Fariha I. Khan

Fariha I. Khan


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


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




M.A., Yale University, Arabic and Islamic Studies (1994)

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife (2001)

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife (2008)

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

South Asians in the U.S.
American Race: A Philadelphia Story

Asian American Community
Muslim American Identity
Asian American Food


American Folklore Society

Association for Asian American Studies 

Association for Asian Studies

James Brister Society