Krishna Khanal was Professor of Political Science at Tribhuvan University from 1979 to 2010. He also served as Executive Director of the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University (1994–95) and as adviser to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala (1999). He is largely engaged in contemporary political studies, serves as an expert on constitutional discourse, and regularly contributes research-based articles focusing on Nepali politics. He is also known as a civil society activist for peace and democracy.