Mishal Khan

Mishal Khan is a historical sociologist working on histories of labor governance, the intersections of race and capitalism, and the political economy of slavery and abolition in South Asia and the broader British Empire. She has written pieces on empire, racialization, debt, and labor in Political Power and Social Theory, the edited volume Histories of Racial Capitalism (edited by Destin Jenkins and Justin Leroy), and has published reviews in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Historical Review (forthcoming). Dr. Khan’s work leverages an in depth understanding of the legal, social, and economic transformations of the nineteenth and early twentieth century to critically analyze contemporary precarity and dispossession across the global North and South, as well as debates around modern slavery, trafficking, and now the gig economy. Dr. Khan is a currently postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Hastings College of Law where she is coordinating a research project on the gig economy as a member of Oxford University’s global Fairwork team.  She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Macalester College. 

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