John Evans Professor of International Studies

Institutional Affiliation

University of Denver
Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia; South Asia; Southeast Asia
Business and Economics; Environment; Government/Political Systems; Language; Literature and the Arts


Haider A. Khan is currently a distinguished professor of economics at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He has also been a visiting professor at Tokyo University and a visiting scholar at Hitotsubashi University, Tilburg University, People’s University in Beijing and UNU-WIDER. He has served as a senior economic adviser to UNCTAD in Geneva. He was also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo and an adviser to the Asian Development Bank. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His major areas of expertise are globalization, economic and econometric modeling, economic theory, international and development economics and political economy. His work ranges from economy-wide modeling of technology and capital flows to the political and economic theories of democracy and justice. He has published twelve books and more than one hundred articles in professional journals. Some of his books and articles have been translated in several other languages.His published work and current research both deal with problems and prospects of the BRICs in the geopolitical and geoeconomic context. He writes op. eds. and appears on TV and radio programs in many parts of the world as a public intellectual.

In March 2005, Prof. Khan received the prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award from the Academy of International Business and delivered an invited address on “An evolutionary approach to reconstructing the global financial architecture: the extended panda’s thumb principle” at the annual meeting in Dallas He has also won awards and delivered invited addresses in Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Finland, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, India, China, and Japan among other countries.

Prof. Khan is also an award-winning poet , translator and literary critic. In fact, his early career was in theater, television and film where he participated in a number of progressive democratic and anti-imperialist projects. He has written books and articles on Modernism, Surrealism and Postmodernism in film and literature, and on Octavio Paz, James Joyce, Guillaume Apollinaire, Rabindranath Tagore and the Japanese Haiku and Renku master Basho, among others, in English and several other languages.

Selected Publications

2010. China’s National Innovation System at the Cross-roads, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Berlin, Germany (with Alberto Gabriele)

2008. Reducing Poverty: Patterns of Potential Human Progress, Oxford University Press, (with Barry Hughes et als.)

2006. Poverty Strategies in Asia: Growth Plus, Edward Elgar, (with John Weiss eds.)

2004. Global Markets and Financial Crisis: Asia’s Mangled Miracle, Macmillan/Palgrave.

2004. Innovation and Growth in East Asia: The Future of Miracles, Macmillan/Palgrave.

2004. Using Macroeconomic CGE Models for Poverty Analysis, ADBI, Tokyo

1998. Technology, Development and Democracy: The Limits of National Innovation Systems in the Age of Postmodernism, Edward Elgar.

1997. African Debt and Sustainable Development, Phelps-Stokes Fund Monograph, New York.

1997. Technology, Energy and Development: The South Korean Transition, Edward Elgar.

1997. Technology Systems and Development, Macmillan. (with Jeffrey James)

1996. Transitional Economies and Regional Economic Development Strategies, UNCRD, Nagoya, Japan, (edited with A. Kumssa).

1989. The Political Economy of Sanctions Against Apartheid, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO.

1988. Macroeconomic Effects and Diffusion of Alternative Technologies Within a Social Accounting Matrix Framework: the Case of Indonesia, Gower Publication, CO. Aldershot, U.K. (with Erik Thorbecke).