Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Economics, Western University, 1979
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
M. Shahid Alam has been teaching economics at Northeastern University since 1988. Before coming to Northeastern, he had taught at University of Karachi, Queens University, Concordia University and Colgate University. Over the past several years, he has taught the following undergraduate courses: “Economic History of the Middle East”, “History of the Global Economy”, “Critique of Capitalism and Development Economics.” In Spring 2014, he offered a new course – “Critical Perspectives on Economics.” His research interests extend over the following questions – Dynamics of capitalism; Alternative approaches to the study of economics; Critiques of mainstream economics; Political economy of corruption; Economic stagnation in the Middle East since 1500s; and Qur’anic reasoning.
Professor Alam currently serves as faculty adviser to two student clubs – Students for Justice in Palestine and Political Economy Forum.
- Israeli Exceptionalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
- Poverty from the Wealth of Nations (St Martin’s Press, 2000).
- Governments and Markets in Economic Development Strategies (Praeger, 1979).
Recent Articles –
- “Constant Returns to Scale: Can the Neoclassical Economy Exist,” Real-World Economics Review,(June 2013): 102-109.
- “Ishmael and Isaac: An Essay on the Divergent Moral Economies of the Qur’an and the Torah,” Journal of Comparative Islamic Studies (Summer 2012): 139-154.
- “A Eurocentric Problem,” Third World Resurgence (October-November 2012): 25-28.
- “The Economy as an Energy System,” Review of Radical Political Economics 41,2 (Winter 2009).
- “Global Disparities Since 1800,” Journal of World-Systems Research, July 2006, pp. 36-59.
- “Colonialism and Industrialization: A Critique of Lewis,” Review of Radical Political Economics, Spring 2004, pp. 217-40.
Professor Alam’s translations from the poetry of Ghalib as well as his own poetry have recently appeared (or will appear) in Blackbird, Raritan, Southern Review, Western Humanities Review, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Salamander.
Awards and Honors
- Free Speech Award, Presented by The Northeastern University School of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, February 16, 2005.