Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University.
Prior to joining ASU, Calhoun served as director and president of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and president of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Calhoun has served on the faculty of New York University (NYU), Columbia University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). While at NYU, he served as founder and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge. At UNC he held positions as dean of the Graduate School and director of the University Center for International Studies. He has also served as visiting professor at numerous universities in the U.S. and abroad, including at Princeton and Yale, the Technical University of Munich, Humboldt University (Berlin), and the University of Oslo.
Calhoun’s work at ASU focuses on strengthening the ability of the social sciences, working together with the natural sciences, engineering and humanities, to address the most complex challenges facing society today—from crises in democracy to the shifting nature of globalization and the future of place-based communities, the complicated social and ethical issues raised by new technologies, and the need for creativity, solidarity, and determination in order to achieve just and sustainable futures.
He is the author or coauthor of 9 books, editor of another 22, and has published more than 70 journal articles and 100 book chapters that address culture, social movements, education, communication, religion, nationalism, the impact of technology, capitalism and globalization, critical theory and philosophy, and contemporary and historical empirical research. His work has been widely reprinted in anthologies and translated into 21 languages.
Calhoun serves on the board of the Mastercard Foundation and co-chairs the board of the American Assembly. He has been elected a fellow of the British Academy, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the American Philosophical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Einstein Fellow by the City of Berlin, and president of the International Institute of Sociology. He has also served as president of the Berggruen Institute and holds honorary appointments as Centennial Professor at LSE and professor at the College d’Etudes Mondiales of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.
Calhoun received his D.Phil. from Oxford University, combining politics, sociology, and history. He has previous degrees in anthropology from Manchester, Columbia and the University of Southern California.
D.Phil. Oxford University
Social science and related fields, culture, social movements, education, communication, religion, nationalism, the impact of technology, capitalism, globalization, critical theory, philosophy, contemporary and historical empirical research.
(2022) Degenerations of Democracy (co-authored with Dilip Gaonkar and Charles Taylor). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
(2022) The Green New Deal and the Transformation of Work (co-authored with Benjamin Fong). NY: Columbia University Press.
(2022) “Knowledge and Social Transformations in Africa,” pp. 11-36 in Edwin Etieyibo, Obvious Katsaura, and Muchaparara Musemwa, Africa’s Radicalisms and Conservatisms, Leiden: Brill.
(2022) “For Sociology: May Our Arguments Unite Us.” Critical Sociology, 48(2), 197–203.
(2020) "Covid Disaster in America and the World," Thinking and Living Crisis (Thesis 11 special online issue).
(2020) “Populism and Democracy: the Long View,” pp. 227-46 in B. Vormann and M. Weiman, eds., The Emergence of Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon, London: Routledge.
(2018) “Religious Imaginations and Global Transformations,” pp. 1-18 in J. Walters, ed.: Religion and Global Affairs. London: Routledge.
(2017) “The Rhetoric of Nationalism,” pp. 17- 30 in M. Skey and Marco Antonsich, eds., Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
(2017) "A Cosmopolitanism of Connections," pp. 189-200 in B. Robbins & P. Horta (Ed.), Cosmopolitanisms. New York, USA: New York University
(2013) Does Capitalism Have a Future? (co-authored with Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, and Georgi Derluguian). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
(2012) The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early 19th Century Social Movements. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
(2011) Rethinking Secularism (edited with Mark Juergensmeyer and Jonathan VanAntwerpen). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006- ;
- American Sociological Association, 1974-
- British Sociological Association, 1976-86, 2012-
- International Sociological Association, 1982-
- New York Institute for the Humanities, 2001-
- Sociological Research Association, 1994-
- American Anthropological Association, 1971-2012
- American Historical Association, 1994-2012
- Association of International Education Administrators, 1990-96
- International Studies Association, 1990-97
- Royal Anthropological Institute, 1972-2006
- Social Science History Association, 1978-2012
Professor Calhoun is actively engaged in advancing political, economic, and social democracy locally, nationally, and internationally. Calhoun serves as a member or chair of several boards of directors, including:
- Mastercard Foundation
- American Assembly
- Center for Transcultural Studies
- Pulaski Institution
- Reset Dialogues
Calhoun is also active in speaking or supporting programs for a range of organizations and communities in Arizona, elsewhere in the US, and internationally.