Khanum Shaikh received her doctorate in Women’s/Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009. In 2010 she was awarded the University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her scholarship employs a transnational feminist framework to study the intersections between gender, religious agency, and geo-politics in the on going wars on terror with a focus on Pakistani Muslim communities. She has received numerous awards in support of her scholarship from agencies including the American Association of University Women, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. In Fall 2013, she joined the faculty of Gender and Women’s Studies at California State University, Northridge as an Assistant Professor.
Shaikh has been a long-time resident/social justice advocate/teacher in the larger Los Angeles area and has taught a range of courses in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at university campuses across California. Prior to her life as an academic she worked on issues of domestic violence in South Asian and Middle Eastern communities, interethnic relations in Los Angeles public schools, reproductive justice for women of color in California, and violence against women of color in local/global contexts in general. She has also worked to produce and host a series of radio shows covering critical issues pertaining to South Asian and Muslim communities across the world.