Dr. Aasim Khan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, IIIT-Delhi. Aasim is a specialist in global and area studies, with a focus on South Asia and his research interests combine his academic training in communication, political theory and public policy. Aasim holds a BSc (St Stephen’s College, Delhi University) and an MA from AJK Mass Communication Research Center (Jamia Millia Islamia). He completed a second MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and then pursued his doctoral research at the India Institute, King's College London. He was awarded a PhD in Politics and Public Policy in 2018. Most recently, Aasim was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru postdoctoral fellowship and he will be spending a year as a Visiting Scholar in Political Science at the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs, Brown University, USA (beginning Fall 2022).
Aasim has also raised several grants to fund his research, including the IMPRESS grant by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), and a Global Challenges Research Fund GCRF grant (in collaboration with the Goldsmiths, UK). He received the Global Institutes Studentships and the Mazumdar Fellowship (2012-2015) at the King's India Institute. In 2014, he was awarded the Global Governance Futures fellowship by the GPPi Institute, Berlin, Germany. Since 2021, he has been an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi.
Aasim has published extensively on themes related to his research interests, including articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Global Policy, India Review, SAMAJ (forthcoming in 2023), Third World Quarterly (forthcoming in 2023), Culture Unbound and Television and New Media (Sage). He has also contributed chapters to several edited books, most recently in a volume on the global post-truth crisis published by Routledge (forthcoming in 2023). Aasim also co-edited two special issues, one on global digital politics (Sage, 2019) and is currently co-editing a volume on Twitter and populism (forthcoming in Global Policy, 2023).
Over the past five years, Aasim has delivered more than two dozen talks at various venues, including at the India Habitat Centre, Delhi, ISAS Singapore, TISS Mumbai, IIT jodhpur and at IIM Indore where he was a visiting faculty in 2019. Most recently he was invited for a talk at the Centre for South Asia, Stanford University (June 2023). Before joining academia, Aasim worked for many years in broadcast news journalism (CNN-IBN) and international development (Oxfam GB). He continues to write for popular news outlets and is a regular contributor to The Book Review.