Shahnaaz Khan studies identities and how they shape conflicts in the world. Her research has involved studying the Indo-Chinese community in West Bengal and their experience of the Indo-China war 1962. She has also worked with victims and survivors of hate crimes and identity based violence in India, comparing and researching such violence in India with other South Asian nations. Her research spans four years looking at the effect entrenched identities have on our social and political fabric.
She has also worked with victims of identity based violence the past year towards documenting cases from across India. As part of a collective ‘Citizens Against Hate’ while working with Misaal, Centre for Equity Studies, she met many families who had lost a loved one to hate crimes, taking their stories forward for advocacy, as well as helping the families with relief, rehabilitation and legal representation.
She is currently working with the Shiv Nadar Schools in Noida as an educator. After looking at the effect of entrenched identities and their violent repercussions she hopes to use education towards peace. Bringing the ground realities to the classroom and working towards better curriculum and pedagogy when teaching conflicts to students, so their sense of self and other identity, both real and perceived, reflect real world complexities and non-binaries. She has a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.