Danish Khan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics


  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, expected May 2020
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2016
  • B.S. in Economics and International Studies, University of Utah, 2012

Research Interests

  • political economy
  • economic development
  • macroeconomics
  • labor and urban economics
  • postcolonial studies


Publication in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Khan, Danish (2018) “Urban Development by Dispossession: Planetary Urbanization and Primitive Accumulation”, Studies in Political Economy, Volume 99, Issue 3, pp. 307-330 (with Anirban Karak)
  • Khan, Danish (2016) “Political Economy of the United States-Pakistan Relationship: Reformulation of the Patron-Client Model”, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 51, Issue No. 30, 23 July 2016

Revise and Resubmit

  • Khan, Danish (2019) “Precarious and Informal Labor: A Marxian Critique and Theoretical Reformulation of Labor Processes in ‘Postcolonial’ Capitalism”, Labor History (under review with Shahram Azhar)

Chapter in Edited Book

  • Khan, Danish (2019) “Political Economy of State-Spatiality: Space, Class & Institutions in Postcolonial Pakistan” In Matthew McCartney and S Akbar Zaidi (Eds.), New Perspectives on Pakistan's Political Economy: State, Class and Social Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

Dissertation Essays:

  • The ‘Slum Question’: Understanding the Creation, Demolition and Persistence of Slums in South Asia, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (job paper)
  • Class, Gender and Spatiality in Urban Slums: Reconceptualizing the ‘Slum’ as a Site of Critical Analysis (dissertation essay)
  • Infrastructure Development, Dispossession and Immiseration of Labor: EmpiricalEvidence from Postcolonial Punjab, Pakistan (dissertation essay)

    Working Papers
  • Khan, Danish (2018) “Re-conceptualizing Processes of Post-Colonial Development in Pakistan: The Interplay between Class and Institutions”, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), MA, USA, Working Paper No. 447
  • Khan, Danish (2019) “Political economy of road networks: What happens to local economy when a new road is built?”, Working Paper, International Growth Center (with Vamsi Vakulabharanam and Shahram Azhar)
  • Political Economy of the Conflict of Kashmir: A game theoretic model of Competitive Militarization (with Kartik Misra)
  • Khan, Danish (2020) “Slums and Human Development in South Asia”, Introductory chapter, South Asia Human Development Report 2019, Mahbub-ul-Haq Research Center, LUMS (forthcoming)

Work in Progress

  • Political Economy of ‘Favelas’ in Brazil (with Pedro de Almeida)
  • Patriarchal Mode of Production: Class and Gendered Labor Processes in South Asia (with Shahram Azhar)
  • Rethinking the Efficacy of ‘Good’ Governance in Postcolonial Transitional Democracies (with Aasim Sajjad Akhtar)


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