Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is an award-winning scholar, artist, and educator whose work bridges the gap between ivory towers and communities. Committed to critical pedagogy in all kinds of spaces, Dr. Ullah is the recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Arabic and Comparative Literature. Dr. Ullah has facilitated storytelling workshops and taught literature courses at Rikers Island through the Justice-in-Education Initiative. For over a decade, her play Hijabi Monologues has been staged across the United States and internationally from Bellingham to Dublin to Jakarta to London. Dr. Ullah’s work has been reviewed by the BBC, The Stage, Exeunt Magazine, The Asian Writer, and British Council Voices. She is also a dramaturg and script creator for the Neighborhood Theatre Project. In 2020, Dr. Ullah received a theater commission from the Park Avenue Armory to create Bury Me Home for the 100 Years 100 Women Project. In 2021, she was awarded a City Artist Corps grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts to develop new work.
Dr. Ullah continues to work on her liberatory vision and path—and you can read more of her writing here at saharullah.com