Dr. Fahd Ali

Program Director of Social Development & Policy,
Assistant Professor,
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Email: fahd.ali@ahss.habib.edu.pk

Dr. Fahd Ali has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, and two graduate degrees in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences and University of Utah, respectively. He has recently completed his PhD from the Department of Economics at the New School for Social Research.

Before joining Habib University, Dr. Ali has worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. His previous work experience includes working as a Research Assistant at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad on programs for renewable energy & clean fuels, and sustainable livelihoods and environment. Dr. Ali is a recipient of Fulbright Scholarship (2007 cohort).

Dr. Ali occasionally writes for various newspapers, and a collection of his articles and other writings can be found on his blog (http://darumallah.blogspot.com). He can be followed on twitter @alifdaru.

He recently received the Frieda Wunderlich Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation by an International Student for his dissertation, Resource Mobilization through Taxation: The political economy of state and society in Pakistan. He was one of thirteen recipients of the 2016 New School for Social Research Commencement Award.  This is the highest honor the school can bestow on its best Ph.D. graduates.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA
  • M.S. in Economics, University of Utah, Utah, USA
  • M.S. in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan

Research Interests

Dr. Fahd Ali’s research focuses on state formation and taxation in Pakistan. His dissertation explains why the Pakistani state is unable to tax its citizens effectively despite several efforts to reform its tax system.

Other research interests include:

  • Marxian political economy, state theory, state formation, public finance
  • Post Keynesian and structuralist macroeconomics, political economy of growth and distribution
  • Economic history, history of economic thought, history of industrial revolution