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Sanjeev Khagram

John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy

Professor Khagram is known worldwide for his interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral leadership on globalization, transnationalism, sustainable development, and human security


  • Email: khagram@oxy.edu
  • Office: Johnson Hall 205
  • Phone: (323) 259-1345
  • Office Hours Spring 2015: On Sabbatical

Education: B.A.; M.A.; Ph.D. Stanford

Professor Khagram has been with the Diplomacy and World Affairs department since 2012. He is the chair and director of the John Park Young Initiative on the Global Economy, and a co-faculty advisor to Oxypreneurship. Dr. Khagram was recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and wrote the UN Secretary General's Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis in 2009. He was previously also Dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Senior Advisory Policy/Strategy at the World Commission on Dams, Associate Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Wyss Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School, and Professor of Public Affairs and International Studies/Director of the Lindenberg Center for International Development at the University of Washington. Most recently, Dr. Khagram was the Architect/Producer of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency and Founder/Chair of Innovations for Scaling Impact. He has worked with global networks, multi-stakeholder initiatives, international agencies, governments, corporations, civil society organizations, professional organizations and universities all over the world.  Dr. Khagram's recent research has focused on open governments, fiscal transparency, and open data. See his widely acclaimed volume published by Brookings Press, Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability. 


DWA 410: Task Force in Diplomacy and World Affairs

The course strives to strengthen a student's ability to research, write, and present an extended policy/practice oriented report for a real-world client on a contemporary and exciting topic in world affairs, and practice being part of a high-functioning team. In 2012, the client was YouNoodle, a company that is building an ecosystem of entrepreneurs all over the world to organizations innovate faster. The research topic was to examine the range of national initiatives promoting entrepreneurship that have the goal of fostering sustainable economic growth and job creation. Students were able to attend the YN1K, a 5 day training program in Silicon Valley that brought the founding 50 members together to learn, network and build the foundation for future collaborations and projects. The students final Task Force Brief is titled Entrepreneurship in the Globalized Era.

DWA 150/Econ 151: Entrepreneurial Leadership in the 21st Century

The Twenty-First century has witnessed an explosion of practical interest, research, teaching on entrepreneurship and leadership across sectors of economic, social and political life. This course provides students with a synthetic and multi-disciplinary overview of the key elements and models of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership as well as support them in exploring their own entrepreneurial leadership competencies and goals. 

DWA 280: Globalization - Issues and Controversies

The course explores the various facets of the globalization process, its causes and wide-ranging consequences, and its implications for United States domestic and foreign policy as well as for global governance. Students analyze the benefits of globalization and its differing impacts on various regions around the world. 

DWA 350: Global Political Economy - Advanced topics 

The course focus ranged from  the state of the global economy and global economic crises; multinational corporations and corporate social responsibility; global production and supply chains to  transparency and accountability, among others. Students had the opportunity to meet prominent leaders of various of the topics reviewed in class. 

DWA 101: International Relations- Changing Rules of the Game 

The purposes of this course are: 1) to introduce fundamental tools and perspectives on the study of world politics, including major theories and analytical approaches to international relations; 2) to understand the historical evolution of the contemporary international system, with special emphasis on the post-World War II era; 3) to apply theoretical and conceptual understandings of international relations to current issues in world politics.


Recent Work

Professor Khagram has been integral to the United Nations' Global Data Partnership, an initiative detailed in the video below. Professor Khagram can be seen introducing the presentation from 0:00-6:50, moderating a panel from 23:42-35:00, and presenting from 1:20-1:30, as well as introducing other speakers throughout.