Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah

Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities
Columbia University

Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is an academic, artist, and linguist whose work bridges the gap between the ivory tower and community. A Core Lecturer in Literature Humanities at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D, Ullah is the recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor at Columbia. Her work has been published in journals and webzines like BarazaCambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary InquiryArabic Literature and Translation, and The Once and Future Classroom. As a Public Humanities fellow, Ullah facilitated storytelling workshops for young women through the Rikers Education Program and has taught literature through the Justice-In-Education Initiative.  

Ullah most recently was commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory to create work in response to the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. The creator of the critically-acclaimed Hijabi Monologues, a theatre project that has been staged over a decade across the United States and internationally from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to the Peacock Theatre in Dublin, Theatre Zuidplein in Rotterdam, AtAmerica in Jakarta, and the Bush Theatre in London, Ullah’s theatre work has been reviewed by the BBCThe StageExeunt MagazineThe Asian Writer, and British Council Voices. She also consults on diversity, equity, and inclusion for universities and high schools; U.S. Embassies and the British Council; and television and theatre.