About Mujeeb


M. A. Mujeeb Khan is an academic, scholar, and writer. Mujeeb is currently Assistant Professor of Japanese, Arabic, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Utah. For information on his current research projects (current through 2019/2020), click here.

In addition to research activities, Mujeeb is also a writer. He is currently working on a novel and other non-academic works, both in English and Japanese. He has lectured on various topics ranging from Asian studies and intercultural communication to the history of medicine and manga and anime.

Mujeeb is originally from New York. He received a BS in Physics with minors in Biology and Japanese Studies from Stony Brook University (State University of New York), followed by an MA in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University. After working in Japan for a couple of years, he completed an MS in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Tokyo. He was also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University and a Soon-Young Kim Fellow at the Needham Research Institute (Cambridge). He completed his PhD in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. After his PhD, he returned to the University of Tokyo as a postdoctoral researcher for two years through a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship (only six awarded and only one in the humanities!). Following his JSPS fellowship, he was selected as a Suntory Fellow for AY2019 and began lecturing at the Tokai University. In AY2020, upon the completion of his Suntory Fellowship, he also began lecturing at Keio and Dokkyo Universities in addition to Tokai, before formally moving to the University of Utah as a tenure-track assistant professor (Utah lingo: tenure-line). For a detailed curriculum vitae, click here.

As a part of his academic study, Mujeeb has gained proficiency in Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic in their modern and pre-modern forms. He has also studied Spanish, French, Persian, classical Greek, and is currently learning Korean and Turkish (and Ottoman Turkish). In his academic work, he is keen to conduct research on sources and help reveal avenues of transnationalism and transculturalism in the pre-modern and modern worlds by incorporating these languages and the cultures associated with them in his literary and historical studies. For more, see his research page.

Mujeeb also serves as an editor for H-Sci-Med-Tech and is affiliated with various academic societies related to Asia and history of science and medicine.

To contact Mujeeb, you can email him at: mujeeb.khan[at]utah[dot]edu