Sanjeev Khagram, Ph.D.

Sanjeev Khagram

Dr. Sanjeev Khagram is currently the John Parke Young Professor of Global Political Economy, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Previously he was Professor of Public Affairs and International Studies at the University of Washington. From 2008-10, Khagram was the Wyss Scholar at the Harvard Business School. Prior to that, Khagram was an Associate (and Assistant) Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Institute of International Studies. He has also held visiting appointments at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Viadrina-Humboldt School of Governance (Germany).


Dr. Khagram was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was lead author of the UN Secretary General’s Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis on the Poor (Voices of the Vulnerable) in 2009. Between 2011-14, Khagram was the founder and architect of the multi-stakeholder Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT). He also founded the social enterprise Innovations for Scaling Impact (iScale) and was its CEO from 2009-2014. From 2005-2008, Dr. Khagram was the Director of the Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship; the Afghan Leaders Program, Humphrey Fellows Program; and the International Humanitarian Action and Development Certificate Program at the University of Washington. From 2003-2005 he was Dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Foundation and Trust, and from 1998-2000 he was Senior Policy and Strategy Director at the World Commission on Dams where he also was lead writer of the Commission’s widely acclaimed Final Report.

Dr. Khagram has published widely including: Dams and Development, with Cornell University Press; Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms with University of Minnesota Press; The Transnational Studies Reader with Routledge Press; Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability with Brookings Press; “Inequality and Corruption” in the American Journal of Sociology; “Future Architectures of Global Governance” in Global Governance, “Environment and Security” in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, “Social Balance Sheets” in Harvard Business Review, “Evidence for Development Effectiveness” in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, “Towards a Platinum Standard for Evidence-Based Assessment,” in Public Administration Review, and ““Global Health Governance: Towards Systemic Coherence to Scale Impact,” in Global Health Governance.

Dr. Khagram has worked extensively with governments, civil society organizations, social enterprises, cross-sectoral action networks, public-private partnerships, multilateral organizations, corporations, professional associations and universities all over the world from the local to the international levels. He has lived and worked for extended periods in Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Germany and the United Kingdom. He holds a B.A. in development studies/engineering, an M.A. and PhD Minor in economics (from the Food Research Institute), and a Ph.D. in political science, all from Stanford University. Khagram is of Asian Indian heritage, a Hindu, and a refugee from Idi Amin’s Uganda, which brought him to the United States in 1973 via refugee camps in Italy.