Professor Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communications, politics, philosophy and economics.
He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master’s in Social Anthropology at Manchester, and was University Professor at New York University from 1996 to 2012 and president for the Social Science Research Council from 1999 to 2012.
Throughout his career Professor Calhoun has been involved in projects bringing social science to bear on issues of public concern. These have ranged from consulting on rural education and development in North Carolina, to advising the Constitutional Commission of Eritrea, to helping develop communications infrastructure in Sudan.
He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes.
He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Describing his own approach to academic work, Professor Calhoun says: “We must set high standards for ourselves, but in order to inform the public well, not to isolate ourselves from it.”