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 PhD 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.