Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Mellon Assistant Professor
BA, Colgate University, Sociology and Anthropology
MA & PhD, Northwestern University, Performance Studies
Kareem Khubchandani is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in
the Dept. of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Program in Women's, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies at Tufts University teaching at the intersection
of performance studies and queer studies. 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 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.
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 Scholar and Feminist Online,
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 Other Pop
Empires; The Global Encyclopedia of GLBTQ History;
Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture;
SAMAJ; and Race Play (Palgrave).
With Elora Chowdhury (UMass Boston) and Faith Smith (Brandeis), he
co-curates the Feminisms Unbound roundtable series for the greater
Boston area’s Graduate Consortium of Women's Studies. He has served
as LGBTQ Focus Group Conference Planner, Conference Planning
Committee Member, and the Vice President for Advocacy for the
Association for Theater in Higher Education. He is currently the
Social Media Chair for the Dance Studies Association.
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, Mustard Seed South Asian Film Festival
(Philadelphia), The Asia Society (NYC), AS220 (Providence) Queens
Musuem, Jack Theater (Brooklyn), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance,
Not Festival (Riverside), and A.R.T. Oberon (Cambridge).
"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.
Introduction to Queer Studies
DR 94 Special Topics: Critical Drag
DR 246 Performance Ethnography
DR 263 Foundations and Futures in Performance Studies
DR 294 Special Topics Feminist, Queer, and Trans Performance