Aisha Khan

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D 1995, City University of New York;

Office Address: Rufus D. Smith Hall 25 Waverly Place, 606 New York, NY 10003


Phone: 212-998-3751

Fax: 212-995-4014

Areas of Research/Interest

Caribbean, Latin America, race and ethnicity, religion (particularly obeah, Islam, Afro-Atlantic religions), theory and method in diaspora studies, creolization.


Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, residential fellowship
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, NYU
National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend grant
Golden Dozen Teaching Award

Selected Publications

in press "Aftermath: Life and Post-­Life in Atlantic Religions." In Passages and Afterworlds: Anthropological Perspectives on Death and Mortuary Rituals in the Caribbean, edited by Maarit Forde and Yanique Hume. Durham: Duke University Press.

2016 “Muharram Moves West: Exploring the Absent-­Present.” In Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics, and Performance, edited by Yanique Hume and Aaron Kamugisha. Pp. 484­500. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle.

2015 "Material and Immaterial Bodies: Diaspora Studies and the Problem of Culture, Identity, and Race." Small Axe: A Journal of Criticism 48:29­49.

2015 Islam and the Americas. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

2014 Cultural Dynamics, special issue, “The Life and Work of Michel-Rolph Trouillot,” guest editor, vol. 26, no. 2.

Sacred Sacrilege: The View from Caribbean Obeah and Hosay
(monograph, under contract)

Empirical Futures: Anthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz
. Co-edited with George Baca and Stephan Palmie, 2009. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity among South Asians in Trinidad
, Duke University Press (2004)

"Dark Arts and Diaspora," 2013, Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 17(1):40-63

2012 "Islam, Vodou, and the Making of the Afro-Atlantic." New West Indian Guide 86(1-2): 29-54

2010 "Amid Memory and Historical Consciousness: Locating the Plantation Past." Journal of Historical Sociology 23(1):171-184.

2009 "Catching the Wind." Small Axe: A Journal of Criticism 29: 200-209.

2009 “'Caucasian', 'Coolie', 'Black', or 'White'? Color and Race in the Indo-Caribbean Diaspora." In Shades of Difference: Transnational Perspectives on How and Why Skin Color Matters. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, editor. Pp. 95-113. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

2001 "Journey to the Center of the Earth: The Caribbean as Master Symbol." Cultural Anthropology 16(3):271-302.

2003 "Portraits in the Mirror: Nature, Culture, and Women's Travel Writing in the Caribbean." Women's Writing 10(1).

1997 "Rurality and 'Racial' Landscapes in Trinidad." In Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy. Barbara Ching and Gerald Creed, editors. Pp. 39-69. NY: Routledge,

1994 "Juthaa in Trinidad: Food. Pollution, and Hierarchy in a Caribbean Diaspora Community." American Ethnologist 21(2): 245-269.

1993 "What is 'a Spanish'? Ambiguity and 'Mixed' Ethnicity in Trinidad." In Trinidad Ethnicity, ed. by K. Yelvington. Pp. 180-207. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

Selected Presentations

2016 Public keynote address, “The Many Rainbows of Caribbean Heritage: Asian Indenture and Its Stories.” Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), College of Charleston, South Carolina, and Charleston Carifest (June).2016 Workshop on “Islam and Religious Identity: The Limits of Definition,” Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations,” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

2016 Symposium on “The Political Biography of the Caribbean and Other Lessons: A Symposium in Honor of Colin A. Palmer.” The Center for the Humanities, City University of New York Graduate Center, NY.

2016 Workshop on South Asian Diasporas and the American “Nation.” Dhar India Studies Program and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

2015 Panel chair and commentator, conference on “Islam in Global Perspective.” The Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; the Asia­Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; and the Malaysia Arab Crossroads and History Programs at NYU Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi.

2015 Discussant, conference on "Dimensions of Race in Russia: History and Theory of a Concept." Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University

2016 Presenter, “Intersections or a Four­Way Stop? The Culture of Race in Diaspora Studies.” President’s Panel: Reimagining Points of Entry and Departure: Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean Intersections. Association for Asian American Studies annual meeting, Miami, FL.

2016 Presenter, Roundtable on "Migration and Ethnogenesis." American Historical Association annual meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Current News/Projects

Updated August 2016

I am spending the 2016-2017 academic year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, working on my current book project, Sacred Sacrilege.


National Endowment for the Humanities, summer research grant

2014 Awards: Golden Dozen Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences

2014 Fellowships: New York University Humanities Initiative Fellowship 2013-2014

Keynote Address: Department of Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, May 19, 2014

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