Sarah K. Khan, a two-time Fulbright Scholar (2001-02 & 2014-15), creates multimedia content about food, culture, women, and migrants grounded in social justice. Sarah spent 20 years researching traditional ecological knowledge systems of Asia and the Middle East (nutrition, public health, integrative medicine, plant sciences, and agro-ecology). She pulls together her multiple skills as a scholar/artist to share her work with the larger global audience.
She returned from a year as a Senior Research Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India and is in post-production, producing a film series on Indian women farmers with editors, graphic artists, and animators. The series intersects globalization, climate change, environmental degradation, gender disparity, race and caste discrimination and farmers’ suicides in addition to the loss of crop, biological, cultural, culinary and linguistic diversities. The first film in the series is entitled, Bowing To No One.
She creates global media content on Migrant Kitchens. The goal is to make invisible visible, bear witness, and relay the stories of migrants, through the lens of food with photography, film, interactive maps and story. She is assembling a series of multimedia and photographic exhibits on “In/Visible: Migrant Kitchens,” “In/Visible: Porters of Taste” that explores the lives of migrant workers in Old Delhi; and another on “In/Visible: Women Farmers.” At present Sarah continues Migrant Kitchens in Queens New York, and with a group of women in Fez, Morocco. Visit her Press & Awards Section for exhibits and Upcoming Section for screenings, presentations and conferences.
In 2018, she has articles/photography in three anthologies: “Supershero Amrita Partitioned Once, Migrated Twice,” In Women and Migrations. Editors, Deb Willis, Cheryl Finley, Ellyn Toscano. “In/Visible Women Farmers and Migrant Kitchens.” In Where We Stand: Black and Brown Voices Speak the Earth. Editors, Irene Vilar and Carolyn Finney; and “To Sow and To Sew: Siddi Women Farmers (and Quilters) in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India.” In Africans in South Asia, Editors, Kenneth X. Robbins, Omar Ali, Beheroze Shroff, and Jazmin Graves. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing.
Sarah’s photography, films, and writing have appeared in AAWW Open City, Roads and Kingdoms Culinary Backstreets, The Art of Eating, Modern Farmer and Yahoo India. Her photographic eBook entitled West Africans Hands Create Cultivate Cook is a tool to teach about biocultural, agricultural and culinary diversity. Her academic research has appeared in The American Botanical Council’s Herbal Gram, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Integrative Medicine by David Rakel MD, and in The American Journal of Health Education.
She earned a BA in Middle Eastern history and Arabic (Smith College), two Masters (public health and nutrition, Columbia University) and a Ph.D. (traditional ecological knowledge systems, plant sciences, New York Botanical Garden/CUNY). She has received numerous grants and fellowships to pursue her study, research and filmmaking.