Professor Craig Calhoun FBA
Social theory, historical sociology, and political economy
- Fellow type
- UK Fellow
- Year elected
Social movements, shifting conditions for democracy and the relation of the local community to larger-scale solidarities have been at the centre of Craig Calhoun’s research. He has explored these themes in historical studies of England, France, and the US, in more contemporary projects in China, Ghana, and the Horn of Africa and in broader comparative-historical and theoretical enquiries. Originally a social anthropologist, Calhoun also engages in history, sociology, political economy, political theory, and philosophy. His work explores possibilities for collective action and choices about human development and social institutions in the face of cultural inheritance and material and social structures. This has led to studies of social movements, democracy, nations and nationalism, the politics of identity and belonging, the future of capitalism, the shaping role of technological infrastructures, and the public sphere. Calhoun has also served as Director of the LSE, President of the Social Science Research Council and published analyses of the transformation of universities and knowledge institutions.
Arizona State University University Professor of Social Sciences
London School of Economics and Political Science Centennial Professor
Berggruen Institute President
2016 - 2018
London School of Economics and Political Science Director
2012 - 2016
Columbia University Professor
2006 - 2007
Social Science Research Council President
1999 - 2012
New York University University Professor
1996 - 2012
University of North Carolina Professor
1989 - 1996
In Pursuit of Post-National Politics
Craig Calhoun interviewed by Noema magazine on how to build governance institutions in the age of planetary problems.
Interview with Professor Craig Calhoun
An interview with Craig Calhoun after he delivered the Campaign for Social Science Annual SAGE Lecture in 2014.
The Power of Imagination
Craig Calhoun explains the phenomenon of the social imaginary.
Conversations with History
Craig Calhoun discusses the challenges confronting social science research.
Professor Paul Boyle FBA
Population and health geography; family, gender and migration; health inequalities; migration and health; disease clustering; longitudinal and administrative data
Professor Michael Anderson FBA
Social, economic and geographic histories of Scotland, the UK, and Western Europe since the 18th century. Social economy of households and families