M. Shahid Alam

M. Shahid Alam

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Muhammad Shahid Alam, D.Phil, is a Pakistani economist, academic, and noted social scientist. He is a Professor of Economics at Northeastern University, Boston. He is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Research & Development, London.

Background

Alam was born in Bangladesh, moving to Pakistan in 1971Cihan Aksan, State of Nature, following the creation of Bangladesh from East Pakistan. He holds a BA from the University of Dhaka, MA from the University of Karachi, and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario). He is the brother of veteran fighter pilot of the Pakistan Air Force Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam and the particle physicist Dr. M. Sajjad Alam.

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Alam's academic writings focus, among other things, on the economic effects of Western foreign and economic policies on formerly colonized states. He writes critically about the present-day global wealth disparities produced by Western policies. He draws attention to the pro-capitalist ideological intent and Eurocentric biases of mainstream economics. An outspoken opponent of U.S. policies in the Middle East and the Global South, Professor Alam has been the target of conservative commentators for his critical stance against U.S foreign policy, and for supporting an academic boycott of...
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