Craig Calhoun has been Director and President of the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2012; he is also School Professor of Social Science. He received his doctorate from Oxford and previously taught at the University of North Carolina, Columbia and New York University, and was President of the Social Science Research Council.
Professor Calhoun has written extensively on critical social theory, political economy, social movements, nationalism, universities and democratic politics, including several works on religion, secularism and the public sphere. His most recent book is The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere and Early 19th Century Social Movements (University of Chicago Press 2012). He gave the 2013
Tanner Lecture on Human Values on ‘The Problematic Public: Revisiting Dewey, Arendt and Habermas’. He has also edited Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (with M. Warner and J. VanAntwerpen, Harvard 2010), Rethinking Secularism (with M. Juergensmeyer and J. VanAntwerpen, Oxford 2011), Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University (with D. Rhoten, Columbia 2011) and Habermas and Religion (with E. Mendieta and J. VanAntwerpen, Polity 2013).