Nikki Khanna is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont. Her primary area of specialization is race and ethnicity and her scholarly work examines racial identity among biracial and multiracial Americans, the role of race in adoption, and most recently, colorism (i.e., skin color bias) among Asian Americans.
Dr. Khanna received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta in 2007. She also holds an M.A. in Sociology (2000; University of Georgia) and a B.A. in Sociology (1997; Emory University). Her first book, Biracial in America: Forming and Performing Racial Identity (Lexington Books), looks at black-white biracial Americans and several social psychological processes underlying their racial identity development. A new book, Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism (New York University Press), is forthcoming in 2020; in it, she examines colorism among Asian Americans and includes thirty essays written by Asian American women on their experiences with skin color bias within their Asian American communities and in the larger United States.
Her scholarly work has also appeared in outlets such as Social Psychology Quarterly, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Spectrum, Sociological Perspectives, Sociology Compass, and Teaching Sociology.
Her research has been featured in TIME, National Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, The Root, and the Burlington Free Press (Vermont), Slate, and her commentary on recent news events can be found in outlets such as USA Today, Pacific Standard Magazine, Richmond Times Dispatch, local news (WPTZ and WCAX in Burlington, Vermont), BBC Newsnight (UK), CBC Radio (Canada), Vermont Public Radio, and the Associated Press (and in reprinted places such as the New York Times, US News & World Report, Washington Post, ABC News.com, Seattle Times, Salon and more).