Dr. Kanth

Dr. Rajani Kanth, Ph.D. holds the position of Professor of Economics & Global Studies. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Kanth is a trained Political Economist with graduate degrees in Economics and Sociology. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a second M.A. in Social Anthropology from the Delhi School of Economics in India. Dr. Kanth has held visiting professorships at numerous universities and business schools around the world, including: Duke University, Tufts University, Oxford University, University of New South Wales, University of Aarhus, University of Bremen and J. Nehri University amongst others.

Dr. Kanth has served as an Advisor to the United Nations in the area of International Development and has published broadly across an interdisciplinary range spanning the social sciences and humanities. He has served in editorial capacities with various world-class journals. He was also recently honoured with a “Festschrift” at the American Economic Association meeting in Chicago in 2007.

Professor Kanth believes that teaching is communication and that communication to a diverse audience is an art and not a science. He believes that knowledge of a subject matter, personal sensitivity, enthusiasm, tact and patience are essential attributes for a great professor. Dr. Kanth focuses on drawing out the inherent curiosity that all students possess. He states that we learn most easily from our peers, so the best teacher is one who approaches the student as a fellow traveler, as a “Primus Inter Pares”. Professor Kanth comes from India which he sees as a melting pot of ethnic and linguistic diversity, and it is this “secret ingredient” that has made him an effective teacher regardless of culture or clime.

Academic Positions Held
  • Professor of Economics & Global Studies, Monarch Business School Switzerland
  • Senior Associate, Harvard University-Anthropology, Massachusetts, USA
  • Professor of Economics, Bard College, New York, USA
  • Helen Sheridan Scholar, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
  • Senior Research Fellow-Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Professor of Economics, Duke University, North Carolina, USA
  • Senior Research Fellow-Economist, University of Texas, USA
  • Senior Fellow, University of Singapore, Malaysia
  • Visiting Fellow-Economics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Visiting Fellow, Oxford University, U.K.
  • Faculty, United Nations International School, New York
Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D./M.A. Economics (Honors), New School for Social Research, New York, USA
  • MA Social Anthropology, Delhi School of Economics, India
Awards And Honors
  • Consulting Editor for Economic Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, , Journal of Critical Realism, et.al
  • Finalist for Various Endowed Chairs in the US.
  • Festschrift at the American Economic Association Meetings in Chicago, January 4, 2007.
  • Organised a Global Peace Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah August 24-26th,2007, followed byA Second Congress in 2009, in India: the next to be in Thailand in 2010
  • Curriculum Development Award, Department of Economics, University of Utah, Summer, 1991.
  • Rated at Top of Teaching Scale in all Schools served.
  • Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams (New School) with ‘Honors’ (1979)
  • College Medal [English], Loyola College, Madras,1968
Main Academic Interests
  • Globalization & International Development, Human Well Being, Sustainability & Conviviality
  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Economics, Ecology
  • Econ. & Culture, Culture, Society, and Institutions
  • Social Theory, History of Ideas, Philosophy & Method
  • Non-Western Economic History & Institutions, Race, Class, Gender
  • Comparative Business Cultures, Multiculturalism and Entrepreneurship
  • Member, ACBSP-Accreditation Council For Business Schools & Programs, USA
Teaching Areas
  • International Political Economy/Globalization
  • Development, and Comparative Economics/Econ.
  • Pacific Rim Economies
  • Soc. History and Theory
  • Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy/Industrial Org./Power
  • Institutions and Society
  • History of Ideas: Comparative Business Cultures, European and Non-European Econ. History
  • Philosophy & Cultural Institutions: Cross-Cultural Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities
Consulting Positions Held In The Past
  • In-House Consulting Economics Advisor to the Executive Director, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, New York. Involved in a Wide Range of Activities, from Project Evaluation and Policy Analysis to Drafting Annual Reports and Country Studies
  • Consultant, U.N. Centre for Transnational Corporations, New York
  • Statistical Analyst, Salt Lake County Health Department, Salt Lake City
  • Farewell to  Modernism: On Human Devolution  in the 21st Century (forthcoming), N.Y. Peter Lang, 2016.
  • The Post-Human Society: Elemental Contours of the Aesthetic Economy of the United States ,   Munich: De Gruyter Open, 2015
  • Towards Immediacy in World Peace: Papers and Proceedings of the World Peace Congress, Thailand,[Co-Edited], New Delhi: Aakar Press, 2012
  • The Challenge of Eurocentrism: Global Perspectives, Policy and Prospects [Edited], N.Y.: Macmillan, April, 2009]
  • Against Eurocentrism, N.Y.: Macmillan, 2005.
  • Against Economics: Rethinking Political Economy, London: Avebury Publishing, 1997.
  • Breaking With the Enlightenment, NJ : Humanities Press, 1997.
  • Paradigms in Economic Development: a Select Anthology of Classic Papers in Development Studies (edited). New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1994.
  • Capitalism and Social Theory, N.Y.: M.E.Sharpe, 1992.
  • Explorations in Political Economy [ed.], NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1991.
  • Political Economy and Laissez-Faire: Economics and Ideology in the Ricardian Era. New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1986.
United Nations Monographs
  • U.N. Country Study: “Ghana”, in ‘Population Policies Compendium’, UNDP, New York 1982.
  • U.N. Country Study: “Bahrain”, in ‘Population Policies Compendium’, UNDP, New York, 1982.
  • U.N. Country Study: “Nigeria”, in ‘Population Policies Compendium’, UNDP, New York, 1983.
  • U.N. Country Study: “Madagascar”, in ‘Population Policies Compendium’, UNDP, New York, 1983.
United Nations Papers
  • “Population and Employment”, Background Paper for UNFPA Conference, New York, 1980.
  • “The Socio-Economic Index: a Plea for a Precept”, Policy Paper, UNFPA, New York, 1980