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Tariq Khan

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD Candidate

Research Interests

US History, with an emphasis on US Empire and Settler Colonialism

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Labor and Working Class History

Colonialism and Anticolonialism

Race, Class, Gender, and Empire

Global Radicalism (anarchism, socialism, communism) and antiradicalism 



Research Description

Khan's dissertation is a study of the development of US political repression, counterinsurgency, and anticommunism. It argues that US anticommunism did not begin with what historians call the "First Red Scare," but is much more deeply rooted in the United States' history of settler colonization and enslavement. What historians refer to as the First Red Scare was preceded by over half a century of red scares. Those earlier red scares played out directly within the larger context of US “frontier” militarization and war. Internal repression against proletarian insurgency was colonialism turned inward: meaning the tactics, weapons, mythology, and ideology the state wielded to control the “foreign,” migrant, multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic urban “rabble” were developed and refined in the “Indian wars” and other outward imperialist invasions and occupations. US anticommunist rhetoric emerged out of the context of settler-colonial militarism and war – the US invasion of Mexico and the “Indian Wars” – as a ruling-class defense of enslavement and a justification for genocide. Anticommunist/anti-anarchist rhetoric goes hand in hand with the state turning its external “frontier” violence – which the state developed for ethnic cleansing, to expel, control, contain, or eliminate racialized “enemies” and assert/control borders – on its internal population. 


PhD in History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (In Progress)

MA in History, George Mason University, 2013

BA in History, minor in Sociology, George Mason University, 2011



Awards and Honors

Quinn Fellowship, 2020-2021

UIUC, List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, 2017-2020

Page-Nelson Award in American History, 2010-2011



Courses Taught

HIST 310, Global Capitalism in History (Instructor)

HIST/AFRO/AAS/LLS 281, Constructing Race in America (Instructor)

HIST/GWS 286, US Gender History 1877-Present (Instructor) 

HIST 172, US History 1877-Present (TA)

HIST 328, Rise of Russia (TA, George Mason University)

HIST 329, Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (TA, George Mason University)

HIST 100, History of Western Civilization (TA, George Mason University) 


Highlighted Publications

Lifting the Mask of Capitalist Disaster: The Coronavirus Response, Hampton Institute, March 18, 2020

“Living Social Dynamite: Early Twentieth-Century IWW – South Asia Connections,” In Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW, edited by Cole, Struthers, and Zimmer, London: Pluto Press, 2017

Orlando Shooter Was A Product of US Hyper-Masculinity ,Public i, July 2016

"'Come O Lions!  Let Us Cause a Mutiny:' Anarchism and the Subaltern," Institute for Anarchist Studies, April 2, 2015