Khanh has a B.A. in classics from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she spent a semester abroad at Universität Regensburg in Germany. Before starting her graduate studies, she was a collections technician at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology. While in Massachusetts, Khanh also interned at Carmichael Art Conservation in Bedford and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. In addition, she worked on site at the Iklaina Archaeological Excavation in Greece and was a English Language Teaching Assistant for the Fulbright Commission in Austria.