Alam was born in Dhaka (Bangladesh), lived in Karachi (Pakistan), London, Kingston, Montreal (all three in Canada) and Hamilton (New York) before moving to Massachusetts where he has been teaching economics at Northeastern University since 1988. Currently his research interests extend to economic methodology, development economics, Qur’anic reason & translations of Ghalib. In the past he has worked on the economics of colonialism, industrial policies in East Asia, corruption, history of Zionism and the new Orientalism. In 2010, he published Israeli Exceptionalism (Palgrave); his translations of Ghalib have appeared in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Notre Dame Review, Southern Review, Chicago Review. He is the recipient of the Free Speech Award in 2005, presented by the Northeastern University School of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism (Palgrave Macmillan: 2010).
Challenging the New Orientalism: Dissenting Essays on the ‘War Against Islam’ (New Jersey: IPI, December 2006).
Poverty from the Wealth of Nations: Integration and Polarization in the Global Economy (Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press: January 2000).
Governments and Markets in Economic Development Strategies: Lessons from South Korea, Taiwan and Japan (New York: Praeger, 1989).
Ghazals of Shahid (Ilfracombe, UK: A. H. Stockwell, 1972).