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, 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 Vice Chair of the Board of the Samuel S. Fels Fund and serves on the Board of the American Folklore Society, the Philadelphia Folklore Project, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and the James Brister Alumni Society.
M.A., Yale University, Arabic and Islamic Studies
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Folklore and Folklife
Ethnicity and Migration, South Asian Americans, Muslim Americans, Asian American Community Folklife, APA Activism
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