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Tufts University
Dept. of Drama and Dance
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3524
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Kareem Khubchandani
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 Higher Education.

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, The Wiley 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. 2016): 1-5.

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.