Dept. of Drama and Dance
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Mellon Assistant Professor
Kareem Khubchandani is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in
the Dept. of Drama & Dance and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies at Tufts University teaching at the intersection
of performance studies and queer studies. He holds a Ph.D. in
Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and previously
served as the inaugural Embrey Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at
Austin. His research, performance, and teaching interests include
dance studies, queer nightlife, South Asian diaspora, global queer
politics, performance ethnography, critical race studies, and drag.
He has served as the LGBTQ Focus Group Conference Planner, and the
Vice President for Advocacy for the Association for Theater in
Kareem is currently working on a book project titled Ishtyle:
Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife, a performance ethnography of
queer social spaces in Bangalore and Chicago. He is also co-editing
a volume on queer nightlife with Kemi Adeyemi (U. Washington) and
Ramón Rivera-Servera (Northwestern U.). He has published in
Transgender Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies,
The Velvet Light Trap, Theater Topics, Theatre Journal,
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Queer
Dance (Oxford UP). He has essays forthcoming in Queering Digital
Activisms, Intimacies, and Subjectivities in India (Edinburgh UP),
From Bollywood to Hallyuwood, The Global Encyclopedia of GLBTQ
History, SAMAJ, and Scholar & Feminist Online.
Kareem is also a performance artist, working in drag, storytelling,
body art, theater, and digital media. His videos
have been screened at the Mississauga South Asian Film Festival,
Austin OUTsider multi-arts festival, Hyderabad Queer Film Festival,
and San Francisco 3rd i film festival. As his alter ego
LaWhore Vagistan, he has performed at the Austin International
Drag Festival, Queens Musuem, Jack Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts
and Dance, Jai Ho! and Bad Betis (Chicago), and Adaa: Drag From
South Asia and MASALA Mela (Boston).
"Snakes on the Dancefloor: Bollywood's Queer Gestures," The
Velvet Light Trap, Vol. 77 (2016): 69-85.
"Queer Genealogies – Remembering the Future," Theatre Topics,
Vol. 27:1 (2016): 45-6.
"LGBTQ Activism in South Asia," The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia
of Gender and Sexuality Studies (John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Review of The Performance of Nationalism by Jisha Menon, Theatre
Journal, Vol. 67:3 (2015): 583-4.
"Lessons in Drag: An Interview with LaWhore Vagistan," Theatre
Topics, Vol. 25:3 (2015): 285-94.
"Staging Transgender Solidarities at Bangalore's Queer Pride,"
Transgender Studies Quarterly, Vol. 1: 4 (2014): 517-22.