Her research interests lie in gender and the political economy of development, with a regional specialization in South Asia. In her dissertation project, she examines gendered preferences for public goods and service provision in Pakistan, and the effect of female voter participation on the behavior and strategy of elected representatives. In other ongoing work, she looks at the effectiveness of appeals by political parties and civil society actors to close the gender gap in voter turnout in Pakistan, and the impact of norms-based interventions in reducing violence against women in urban India.
Her research has been supported by grants from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, the Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab Governance Initiative and the National Science Foundation.
Ms. Khan is from Islamabad, Pakistan and graduated with a B.A. in Economics & Political Science with a concentration in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.