Craig Calhoun

Former President, London School of Economics and Political Science

Previously, Calhoun was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), President of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and a professor at NYU (where he founded the Institute for Public Knowledge), Columbia, and UNC-Chapel Hill (where he founded the University Center for International Studies and served as Dean of the Graduate School). He has also been a visiting professor in Oslo, Bristol, Paris, Khartoum, Beijing, and Asmara and an Einstein Fellow in Berlin.


A social theorist and historical and comparative sociologist, Calhoun is the author of 10 books, including Neither Gods nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China; Critical Social Theory: Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference; Roots of Radicalism; Does Capitalism Have a Future? (with Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Georgi Derluguian, and Michael Mann) and the forthcoming Degenerations of Democracy (with Charles Taylor and Dilip Gaonkar).


Among other positions in leadership and public engagement, he is a member of the Board of the MasterCard Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, and Chair of the Board of the American Assembly at Columbia.