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Tufts University
Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
Aidekman 03
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.6273
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Kareem Khubchandani
Mellon Assistant Professor; Interim Director of Graduate Studies, 2020-2021


BA, Colgate University, Sociology and Anthropology
MA & PhD, Northwestern University, Performance Studies


Kareem 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.

"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.

Courses Taught

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