Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun is a University Professor of social sciences at Arizona State University and Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute. Formerly the President of the Institute, he directed the Institute’s agenda toward connecting deep thought in the human sciences – philosophy and culture – to the pursuit of practical improvements in governance and practical action. His most recent book, The Roots of Radicalism was published in 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.

From 2012-2016, Calhoun was Director and President of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he remains Centennial Professor. Earlier, he was for thirteen years President of the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and before that was a University Professor of Social Science at NYU. Calhoun has taught at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has held honorary chairs or been a visiting professor in Asmara, Beijing, Berlin, Bristol, Khartoum, Oslo, and Paris and has been honored for his teaching by awards from students at UNC, Columbia, and NYU.

Calhoun’s research has ranged broadly through social science and related fields addressing culture, social movements, education, communication, religion, nationalism, the impact of technology, capitalism and globalization, and combining critical theory and philosophy with both contemporary and historical empirical research. He has done empirical research in Britain, France, the US, China, and Africa. In recognition of his contributions to social science research, Professor Calhoun was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in July 2015. He has been the author and editor of several books and has published approximately 100 articles. He is the former editor of two scholarly journals, Social Theory and Comparative Social Research.

Calhoun received his doctorate in Politics (with an emphasis on Sociology and Modern Social and Economic History) from Oxford University, following previous study in Southern California, Columbia, and Manchester Universities, mainly in Anthropology. He is Co-Chair of the Board of the American Assembly and a member of the Board of the MasterCard Foundation and the Center for Transcultural Studies, and of the Council of the St. Paul’s Institute.

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