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Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Mellon Assistant Professor; Interim Director of Graduate Studies, 2020-2021
BA, Colgate University, Sociology and Anthropology
BiographyKareem Khubchandani (any pronouns) 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. He is the author of Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020). 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 received the 2019 CLAGS Fellowship Award for the Ishtyle manuscript, and the 2017 Dance Studies Association Gertrude Lippincott Award for his essay "Snakes on the Dance Floor." Kareem is developing several book projects including: Queer Nightlife (co-edited with Kemi Adeyemi and Ramón Rivera-Servera), Decolonize Drag! and Auntologies: Queer Aesthetics and South Asian Aunties.
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 Museum, Jack Theater (Brooklyn), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Not Festival (Riverside), Links Hall (Chicago), and A.R.T. Oberon (Cambridge).
"Snakes on the Dancefloor: Bollywood's Queer Gestures," The
Velvet Light Trap, Vol. 77 (2016): 69-85.
Introduction to Queer Studies
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