Affiliation: NYU New York
Education: BA San Francisco State University; MA San Francisco State University; PhD City University of New York Graduate Center
Research Areas: race, religion, diaspora, identity, colonialism, postcolonialism, the carceral state, Atlantic World
Aisha Khan is a cultural anthropologist whose work is centered in the Atlantic World. She received her BA and MA in anthropology from San Francisco State University and her PhD in anthropology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has conducted ethnographic research in Honduras among the Garifuna, as well as among Muslims in Haiti and Guyana; she has also conducted long term ethnographic and archival research among Muslims and Hindus in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She has published widely on her research interests, which focus on social inequality, particularly as it relates to racial formations and religious traditions under colonialism and in postcolonial societies. Currently, she is embarking on a new research project on the carceral state in the U.S. and the West Indies, inquiring into the relationship between kinship networks and community support among family members of incarcerated people. Her recent honors and awards include a residential fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, and New York University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Award and Golden Dozen Teaching Award. Her publications include Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad (2004), Islam and the Americas (2015); Women Anthropologists: Biographical Sketches (1988); Empirical Futures: Anthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz (2009); and A Rogue's Gallery: The Troubled Inheritance of Race and Religion in the Making of a Modern West Indies (forthcoming).