Saba Karim Khan

Instructor Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: saba.karim@nyu.edu
Education: MPhil, University of Oxford

Research Areas: Social movements, politics and Islam in the global South; Transnational feminism; Immigration and identity (South Asia); Modern day slavery; Radicalization (including online) and political violence (South Asia)


Saba Karim Khan is an Instructor in the Social Science division at NYU Abu Dhabi. She received an MPhil from the University of Oxford. She writes for The Guardian, The Independent, Express Tribune (International Herald Tribune), Think Progress, DAWN, and The Friday Times.

Her research focuses on how social dynamics such as political, social movements, sexual harassment, radicalism, modern-day slavery, and South Asian diasporas are impacted by politicized social structures and social relationships. Her projects employ qualitative research methods, ethnographic fieldwork, visual anthropology, digital ethnography, and new media technologies.

Her current research includes an ethnographic and historical study of social movements in South Asia titled, “The “third way:” reimagining power elites, social movements and silent revolutions in postcolonial Pakistan.” Specifically, she is exploring the rise of Imran Khan’s political party, PTI, and how it came into power. She is also working with qualitative interview data to explore sexual harassment experiences among urban Pakistani women titled: “Unsilencing Pakistan’s Sexual Assault Survivors: A delayed “coming out,” to unpack notions of shame, honor, religion, and masculinity that come into play when understanding harassment and to explore how cloning the global #metoo might not produce identical results in the global south.

Saba also remains interested in employing visual anthropology tools. Forthcoming is a documentary film on how football is producing a movement beyond sports among Pakistan’s street children, titled Concrete Dreams: Some Roads Lead Home, based on a grant by the Doha Film Institute.

Saba has recently completed her debut fiction novel, Skyfall, slated for publication by Bloomsbury in 2020, for which she received a publication grant by NYU Abu Dhabi.