Lead Policy Researcher


Program Area

Technology & Work

About Mishal

Mishal Khan is lead policy researcher in the Technology and Work Program. With a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago, she was trained as a historical sociologist examining legacies of both slavery and abolition, the intersections of race and capitalism, and global political economy and empire. Mishal’s work leverages an in-depth understanding of historical forms of labor subordination to critically analyze contemporary forms of labor precarity and exploitation in the U.S. and global economy. Her work has covered a broad range of contemporary policy issues such as forced labor across global supply chains, labor migration, anti-trafficking, modern slavery, and most recently the gig economy and the future of work. She comes to the Labor Center after holding postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California College of Law, San Francisco, working with gig workers in collaboration with the global Fairwork project, the University of Texas at Austin where she worked on future of work issues, and most recently at the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University.