Published: April 10, 2019

Kareem Khubchandani, professor, author and performance artist, will present In Search of a Desi Drag Queen at The University of Tampa as part of the Honors Symposium on Thursday, April 18. The presentation will begin at 8 p.m. in the Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center and is free and open to the public.

Khubchandani is a Mellon Bridge assistant professor at Tufts University in the Department of Drama and Dance. He also teaches within the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. His research, performance and teaching interests include dance studies, queer nightlife, South Asian diaspora, global queer politics, performance ethnography, critical race studies and drag.

Khubchandani is currently working on a book project titled Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife, which is a performance ethnography of queer social spaces in Bangalore, India and Chicago.

Khubchandani is also a performance artist, working in drag, storytelling, body art, theater and digital media. His videos have been shown at the Mississauga South Asian Film Festival, Austin OUTsider multi-arts festival, Hyderabad Queer Film Festival and San Francisco Third Film Festival.

For more information, contact Kacy Tillman, associate professor of English, at or Ryan Cragun, associate professor of sociology, at

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