Mehak F Khan

Assistant Professor, English

Assistant Professor, English
210 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Schedule Appointment


Areas of study

  • British - 20th and 21st
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Postcolonial/Global


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (2023)

B.A. New York University (2014)

Research and teaching interests

South Asian literature, game studies, gender and sexuality, theories of the global south


Dr. Mehak F. Khan is Assistant Professor of Global Anglophone Literature at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests span different modes of contemporary culture from the novel to social media. Her writing is forthcoming in Philological Encounters , Critical Pakistan Studies, and other venues. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D in English with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in English with a minor in Game Design from New York University. Professor Khan's current research is on theories and modes of strangeness that coalesce around the concept of "ajeeb" aesthetics - a framework that folds in affect theory, queer theory, and aesthetic theory. Other projects include an exploration of questions of state failure and game logics. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and is a founding editor ofTasavvur, a magazine for speculative South Asian fiction.