Craig Calhoun is the Co-chair of The American Assembly in New York and President of the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Calhoun was Director and President of the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science, where he remains Centennial Professor. He led major efforts to strengthen LSE’s faculty and its leadership in interdisciplinary, international social science, and public policy analysis; to upgrade the quality of teaching; to improve the campus and LSE’s relations to the city around it; and to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion. He set records for philanthropic fundraising two years in a row. Before LSE, Mr. Calhoun was President of the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and University Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. He previously taught at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill—where he served as Dean of the Graduate School and founding Director of the University Center for International Studies. In all of these positions, Mr. Calhoun has encouraged efforts to integrate knowledge and education across academic disciplines and widen the reach of public engagement. His research has ranged broadly through social science addressing culture, social movements, education, religion, nationalism, the impact of technology, capitalism and globalization, and combining critical theory with both contemporary and historical empirical research.
Mr. Calhoun is the author of several books such as The Roots of Radicalism (2012), which explored the 19th century origins of modern political movements, and Neither Gods nor Emperors (1994), which examined the student movement behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest in Beijing. In 2007, he published Nations Matter, in which he predicted rising nationalist and populist challenges to cosmopolitanism grounded in a highly unequal global economy. With Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Georgi Derluguian, and Michael Mann, Mr. Calhoun co-wrote Does Capitalism Have a Future? (2013), now translated into seventeen languages.
In recognition of his contributions to social science research, Mr. Calhoun was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in July 2015. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, which recognized him as “one of today’s foremost social scientists.” Among his earlier awards were an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Philosophical Society, and a ‘best book prize’ from the American Sociological Association.
Mr. Calhoun received his doctorate in Politics from Oxford University.