Danish Khan Assistant Professor of Economics


Dr. Danish Khan is Assistant Professor and Andrew W Mellon High Impact Emerging Scholar at Franklin & Marshall College. He did his PhD in Economics from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Khan's research is interdisciplinary and lies in the pluralist tradition of political economy,  economic development, agrarian and urban studies with a regional focus on South Asia.  He has received Stephen A Resnick Best Essay Award from the Association of Social and Economic Analysis and John Kenneth Galbraith Dissertation Award from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Previously, he has taught at Bucknell University and worked as a research consultant with Asian Development Bank, Planning Commission of Pakistan and United Nations Development Programme on inclusive and sustainable development. 

Dr. Khan also serves as a co-Director of  The Inequality, Poverty, Power & Social Justice Initiative (IPPSOJ) at Franklin & Marshall College. Dr. Khan encourages students to reach out to him if they are interested in getting involved with IPPSOJ. 

Prof. Khan teaches the following courses at F&M: Political Economy of Urban Development, Political Economy of Inequality, Introduction to Economic Principles and Globalization: Production, Class & State.  


Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2020                                               
M.A., Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2016                                      

B.S., Economics and International Studies, University of Utah, 2012


Academic Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

1. Khan, Danish. 2023. "Political economy of the ‘informal’ housing question: institutional-hybridity of the postcolonial state.” Review of International Political Economy 30(6): 2052-2068:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09692290.2023.2265971

2. Khan, Danish. 2022. “Political Economy of Expulsionary Urbanization: Subsumption and Estrangement of Spaces in Pakistan.” Review of Radical Political Economics 54(4): 461-478: https://doi.org/10.1177/04866134221093748

3. Khan, Danish and Aasim Sajjad Akhtar. 2022. "Transforming a Praetorian Polity: The Political Economy of Democratization in Pakistan." Canadian Journal of Development Studies 43(3): 320-338: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02255189.2021.2012132

4. Khan, Danish. 2022. "Articulated Imperialism in Pakistan: A Dialectic of 'Strategic' and 'Dependency' Fixes." Journal of Labor and Society 26(1): 39-61: https://doi.org/10.1163/24714607-bja10091

5. Khan, Danish. 2021. “Political Economy of Uneven State-Spatiality: Conflict, Class and Institutions in Postcolonial State of Pakistan.” RM: A Journal of Economics, Culture and Society 33(1): 52-70: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08935696.2020.1847016

6. Azhar, Shahram and Danish Khan. 2020. “Rethinking Informal Labor in Peripheral Capitalism: The Dynamics of Surplus, Market, and Spatiality.” Labor History 61(3-4): 320-334: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0023656X.2020.1754374

7. Khan, Danish and Anirban Karak. 2018. “Urban Development by Dispossession: Planetary Urbanization and Primitive Accumulation.” Studies in Political Economy 99(3): 307-330: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07078552.2018.1536366

Publications in Edited Books/Refereed Journals

8. Khan, Danish. 2019. “Political Economy of State-Spatiality: Space, Class & Institutions in Pakistan” in  New Perspectives on Pakistan's Political Economy: State, Class and Social Change (edsMatthew McCartney and S Akbar Zaidi), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 130-152.  https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/abs/new-perspectives-on-pakistans-political-economy/political-economy-of-uneven-statespatiality-in-pakistan-the-interplay-of-space-class-and-institutions/390F29E0C8950BE76587397452DFEAA0

9. Khan, Danish. 2016. Political Economy of the United States-Pakistan Relationship: Reformulation of the Patron-Client Model. Economic & Political Weekly 51(30): 73-77: https://www.jstor.org/stable/44003875

Published Working Papers

10. Khan, Danish. 2022. "Is the Military’s Political Role Passe? A Dialectic of Change and Continuity in Pakistan." Working Paper No. 362. Institute of South Asian StudiesNational University of Singapore: https://www.isas.nus.edu.sg/papers/is-the-militarys-political-role-passe-a-dialectic-of-change-and-continuity-in-pakistan/



Political Economy of  Urban Development (ECO 271)

Political Economy of Inequality (ECO 272)

Globalization: Production, Class and State (ECO 371)

Introduction to Economic Principles (ECO 100)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Franklin & Marshall College, 2020-present

Andrew W Mellon High Impact Emerging Scholar, Franklin & Marshall College, 2020-2023

Co-Director, The Inequality, Poverty, Power and Social Justice Initiative, Franklin & Marshall College, 2021-present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Bucknell University, 2019-2020

Specialist on Economic Corridor Development in Pakistan, Asian Development Bank, 2019