Danish Khan Assistant Professor of Economics

Professor Khan is on leave for the Fall 2023 semester. He will return for the Spring 2024 semester.


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 and Shahram Azhar (forthcoming). Infrastructural Development, Dispossession and Changes in Land-Use: Localized Socio-Institutional Analysis of Agrarian Transformation in Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Economic Issues

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