Sahar Ullah

2016 - 2017 Public Humanities Fellow

Columbia University

Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is an academic, artist, and linguist whose work bridges the gap between the ivory tower and community. A Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D, Ullah is the recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia. Her work has been published in journals and webzines like Baraza, Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Arabic Literature and Translation, and The Once and Future Classroom. As a Public Humanities fellow, Ullah facilitated storytelling workshops for young women through the Rikers Education Program and has taught literature through the Justice-In-Education Initiative. 

Ullah most recently was commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory to create work in response to the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. The creator of the critically-acclaimed Hijabi Monologues, a theatre project that has been staged over a decade across the United States and internationally from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to the Peacock Theatre in Dublin, Theatre Zuidplein in Rotterdam, AtAmerica in Jakarta, and the Bush Theatre in London, Ullah’s theatre work has been reviewed by the BBC, The Stage, Exeunt Magazine, The Asian Writer, and British Council Voices. She also consults on diversity, equity, and inclusion for universities and high schools; U.S. Embassies and the British Council; and television and theatre.