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Zara Khan

Zara Khan

Political Science  

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B.A. – Hunter College, City University of New York, 2004. 

M.A. and Ph.D. with Distinction– The City University of New York Graduate Center, 2016. 


Areas of Specialization: Western episteme and political philosophy, universal human rights, religion in the public sphere, neocolonialism, political economy, development, Modernity, secularism. 


Professor Dr. Zara KHAN was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. with Distinction in Political Theory and Comparative Politics from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2016. Her doctoral dissertation was titled Refractions Through the Secular: Islam, Human Rights, Universality. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Lehigh University, the City University of New York and most recently at West Chester University. These courses include: Introduction to Political Theory; Introduction to Comparative Politics; Politics of Development; and Politics of Diversity. 

At Respect Graduate School, she coordinated the Inaugural Academic Conference (2018) and has taught classes in Islam and Global Politics, Islam in the Modern World and Women in Islamic Civilization. Khan has published several scholarly articles with Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, where she served as Director of Research in Contemporary Thought and Politics.