Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is an academic, artist, and linguist whose work bridges the gap between the ivory tower and community.
Ullah is the Creative Director and Head Writer for the critically-acclaimed Hijabi Monologues, a theatre project that toured over the last decade across the United States and internationally from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to the Peacock Theatre in Dublin, Ottawa Arts Court in Ottawa, Theatre Zuidplein in Rotterdam, AtAmerica in Jakarta, and the Bush Theatre in London. Her work has been reviewed by the BBC, The Stage, Exeunt Magazine, The Asian Writer, and British Council Voices.
A Lecturer at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D in Comparative Literature, Ullah is the recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia. Her research has been published in journals including the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Ummah Wide, Baraza, Arabic Literature and Translation, Chapati Mystery, and The Once and Future Classroom. As a Public Humanities scholar, Ullah has facilitated storytelling workshops for young women incarcerated at Rikers Island. She also consults on diversity, equity, and inclusion programming for universities and high schools; cultural diplomacy for U.S. Embassies and the British Council; and dramaturgical matters for television and theatre.