Aisha Khan is a member of the Department of Anthropology at New York University. She is also affiliated with NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Her research interests focus on religion, race, and Atlantic world diasporas (particularly Asian and African). Her most recent book is the edited volume Islam and the Americas (University Press of Florida, 2015).
During her residence at the Radcliffe Institute, Khan will work on a book project, “Sacred Sacrilege: Religion and the View from Caribbean Obeah and Hosay.” Based on ethnographic and archival material, the book examines the construction and intersection of religious and racial identities through comparative analysis of Obeah and Hosay, two of the Caribbean region’s defining religious traditions. She is interested in how western Enlightenment ideas shape prevailing assumptions about religion and race and how racial hierarchies, laws, and policies directed at the governance of religious practice inform understandings of the Caribbean and broader Atlantic world.
Khan received her PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has received a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, a Fulbright Program grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, an NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award, and a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research grant.