About

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Dr. Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a teacher-scholar and artist committed to bridging her research with critical pedagogy and storytelling. 
Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia University, Ullah has a Ph.D in Arabic and Comparative Literature. Her work has been published in academic journals and webzines including the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Journal of Arabic Literature, Ummah Wide, Chapati Mystery, BarazaArabic Literature and Translation, and The Once and Future Classroom. In addition to teaching college students, Ullah has also taught storytelling classes for young women incarcerated through the Rikers Education Initiative. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia University.

Ullah is the Artistic Director and Head Writer for Hijabi Monologues, a play that has toured over the last decade across the United States and internationally. As the original playwright, Ullah works closely with creative teams in the adaptation of the show. Over the years, Ullah has provided local Muslim artists opportunities to get involved through directing, writing, acting, and design. Ullah’s work has been reviewed by media outlets including the BBC, The Stage, Exeunt Magazine, The Asian Writer, and British Council Voices

Additionally, Ullah consults for university programming in diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as theater and television productions like Orange is the New Black.

A proud South Floridian-Bangladeshi residing  in New York City, Ullah holds a BA in English, Religious Studies, and Political Science from the University of Miami and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.