Fawzia Afzal-Khan


Montclair State University

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and Director of Women and Gender Studies at Montclair State University. Afzal-Khan received her BA from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University, MA. She is a cultural materialist who works at the intersection of Feminist Theory, Cultural and Performance Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. She is author of five books, her latest a controversial memoir entitled Lahore With Love; Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani-Style (2010; can be ordered at http://tinyurl.com/lahorewithlove).

She is a frequent contributor to Counterpunch and Express Tribune, and a published poet and playwright. She is a Contributing Editor to TDR (The Drama Review), and serves on the Advisory Board of SAR (the South Asian Review). Afzal-Khan is also a trained vocalist in the North Indian Classical tradition. Her music videos, which explore themes of gender, religion, class set in Pakistan, can be viewed on Youtube (FAK Lahore, FAK Payal, FAK Smokescreen, FAK Sacrifice). She was a founding member of the experimental theatre collective Compagnie Faim de Siecle, with whom she toured and performed in Europe and North America. Her current research is focused on Pakistani popular culture.