Craig Calhoun

University Professor of Social Sciences
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
7805
University Professor of Social Sciences
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
7805
University Professor of Social Sciences
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
7805
University Professor of Social Sciences
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
7805
University Professor of Social Sciences
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
7805
University Professor of Social Sciences
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
7805

Biography

Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences. He holds joint appointments in the School of Politics and Global Studies, the School of Public Affairs, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the School of Sustainability, and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

His work at ASU focuses on strengthening the ability of the social sciences, working together with the natural sciences and humanities, to address the most complex challenges facing society today — challenges ranging from the shifting nature of globalization, to the future of place-based communities and of democracy, the complicated social and ethical issues raised by new technologies, and the need for creativity, solidarity, and determination in order to achieve sustainable futures.

Calhoun is the author or co-author of eight books and more than 100 articles 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. Among the best known are "Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China" and "Nations Matter: Citizenship, Solidarity, and the Cosmopolitan Dream." His work has been translated into 21 languages.

Calhoun previously served as president of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and then of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Most recently, he was president of the Berggruen Institute. He serves on the board of the Mastercard Foundation and co-chairs the board of the American Assembly. He is an elected 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.  

Calhoun received his D.Phil. from Oxford University, combining politics, sociology, and history. He also has advanced degrees in anthropology. His career has been interdisciplinary, but with a core focus on sociology.

Education

D.Phil. Oxford University

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Research Interests

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. 

Publications

Books:

  • Calhoun, Craig; Wallerstein, Immanuel; Derluguian, Georgi  2013. Does Capitalism Have a Future? Oxford University Press and New York ( now translated into 17 languages).
  • Calhoun, Craig and Mendieta, Eduardo and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan, eds (2013) Habermas and Religion Polity Press, London, UK. 
  • Calhoun, Craig and Gerteis, Joseph and Moody, James and Pfaff, Steven and Virk, Indermohan, eds (2012) Classical sociological theory Blackwell readers in sociology, 9. 3rd, Wiley‐Blackwell.
  • Calhoun, Craig (2012) The roots of radicalism: tradition, the public sphere, and early nineteenth‐century social movements The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Gerteis, Joseph and Moody, James and Pfaff, Steven and Virk, Indermohan, eds (2012) Contemporary sociological theory Blackwell readers in sociology, 10. 3rd, Wiley‐Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Juergensmeyer, Mark and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan, eds (2011) Rethinking secularism Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Derluguian, Georgi, eds (2011) Business as usual: the roots of the global financial meltdown Possible futures series. Social Science Research Council and New York University Press, New York, USA.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Derluguian, Georgi, eds (2011) The deepening crisis: governance challenges after neoliberalism Possible futures series. Social Science Research Council and New York University Press, New York, USA.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Derluguian, Georgi, eds (2011) Aftermath: a new global economic order? Possible futures series. Social Science Research Council and New York University Press, New York, USA.
  • Rhoten, Diana and Calhoun, Craig, eds (2011) Knowledge matters: the public mission of the research university A Columbia/SSRC book. Columbia University Press, New York, USA.
  • Warner, Michael and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan and Calhoun, Craig, eds (2010) Varieties of secularism in a secular age Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • Calhoun, Craig, ed (2010) Robert K. Merton: sociology of science and sociology as science A Columbia / SSRC book. Columbia University Press, New York, USA.
  • Calhoun, Craig (2007). Nations matter: citizenship, solidarity and the cosmopolitan dream. London: Routledge. 
  • Calhoun, Craig (1997). Nationalism. Buckingham: Open Univ. Press and University of Minnesota Press. 
  • Calhoun, Craig (1995). Critical social theory: culture, history, and the challenge of difference. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
  • Calhoun, Craig (1994). Neither gods nor emperors: students and the struggle for democracy in China. Berkeley: University of California Press. 
  • Calhoun, Craig, Light, D., and Keller, S. (1989). Sociology. New York: McGraw-Hill. 
  • Calhoun, Craig (1982). The question of class struggle: social foundations of popular radicalism during the industrial revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

​ Edited volumes:

  • Practicing Culture with Richard Sennett (2007) Routledge.
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory, 2nd. ed. with Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff, and Indermohan Virk (2007) Blackwell
  • Classical Sociological Theory with Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff, Kathryn Schmidt, and Indermohan Virk (2007) Blackwell
  • Sociology in America: A History (2007) University of Chicago Press
  • Sage Handbook of Sociology with Chris Rojek and Bryan Turner (2006) Sage Publications
  • Lessons of Empire: Imperial Histories and American Power (2005) New Press
  • Understanding September 11 with Paul Price and Ashley Timmer (2002) New Press.
  • Dictionary of the Social Sciences (2002) Oxford University Press
  • Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics with John McGowan (1997) University of Minnesota Press
  • Social Theory and the Politics of Identity (1994) Wiley Blackwell
  • Bourdieu: Critical Perspectives with E. LiPuma and M. Postone (1993) Cambridge: Polity Press and Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Habermas and the Public Sphere (1993) MIT Press
  • Structures of Power and Constraint: Essays in Honor of Peter M. Blau with W.R. Scott and M. Meyer (1990) Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • The Anthropological Study of Education with F. A. J. Ianni (1976) The Hague: Mouton, and Chicago: Aldine.

Book Chapters:

  • Beyond left and right: a Cobbett for our time. 2015. In: Grande, James and Stevenson, John, (eds.) William Cobbett, Romanticism and the Enlightenment: Contexts and Legacy. The Enlightenment World (31). Routledge, London, UK, 157‐172.
  • What Threatens Capitalism Now? 2013. In: Wallerstein, Immanuel and Collins, Randall and Mann, Michael and Derleugian, Georgi and Calhoun, Craig, (eds.) Does Capitalism Have a Future?. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 
  • For the social history of the present: Pierre Bourdieu as historical sociologist. 2013. In: Gorski, Philip S. , (ed.) Bourdieu and Historical Analysis. Politics, history, and culture. Duke University Press, Durham, USA, 36‐67.
  • Polis and public. 2012. In: Anheier, Helmut K. and Juergensmeyer, Mark, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Global Studies. SAGE Publications, USA.
  • Communication as a social science (and more). 2012. In: Jones, Steve, (ed.) Communicating @ the Center. Hampton Press, New York, USA.
  • Cosmopolitan liberalism and its limits. 2012. In: Krossa, Anne Sophie and Robertson, Roland, (eds.) European Cosmopolitanism in Question. Europe in a global context. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 105‐125. 
  • Foreword: shared responsibility. 2012. In: Hacker, Jacob and O'Leary, Ann, (eds.) Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk Government, Markets and Social Policy in the Twenty‐First Century. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, vii‐xii. 
  • The reluctant counterpublic. 2012. In: Calhoun, Craig, (ed.) The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth‐Century Social Movements. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA, 152‐181. 
  • Time, world, and secularism. 2012. In: Gorski, Philip and Kyuman Kim, David and Torpey, John and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan, (eds.) The Post‐Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society. Social Science Research Council series. NYU Press, NY, USA, 335‐364.
  • Comunicação como siência social (e mais). 2012. Intercom ‐ Revista Brasileira de Ciências Da Comunicação,, 35 (1). 
  • Pierre Bourdieu. 2011. In: Ritzer, George and Stepnisky, Jeffrey, (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists. Blackwell companions to sociology. Wiley‐Blackwell.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Juergensmeyer, Mark and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan (2011) Introduction: rethinking secularism In: Calhoun, Craig and Juergensmeyer, Mark and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan, (eds.) Rethinking Secularism. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 3‐30.
  • Foreword: Russia: the challenges of transformation. 2011. In: Dutkiewicz, Piotr and Trenin, Dmitri, (eds.) Russia: the Challenges of Transformation. Possible futures . NYU Press, New York, USA, xi‐xviii.
  • Civil society and the public sphere. 2011. In: Edwards, Michael, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society. Oxford handbooks in politics & international relations. Oxford University Press, NY, USA, 311‐323.
  • Afterword: religion's many powers. 2011. In: Mendieta, Eduardo and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan, (eds.) The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere. A Columbia / SSRC book. Columbia University Press, NY, USA, 118‐134.
  • The public mission of the research university. 2011. In: Rhoten, Diana and Calhoun, Craig, (eds.) Knowledge Matters: the Public Mission of the Research University. A Columbia/SSRC book. Columbia University Press, New York, USA, 1‐33.
  • Series introduction: from the current crisis to possible futures. 2011. In: Calhoun, Craig and Derluguian, Georgi, (eds.) Business as Usual: the Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown. Possible futures series. Social Science Research Council and New York University Press, New York, USA, 9‐42. 
  • Calhoun, Craig and Derluguian, Georgi (2011). Introduction: business as usual: the roots of the global financial meltdown. In: Calhoun, Craig and Derluguian, Georgi, (eds.) Business as Usual: the Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown. Possible futures series. Social Science Research Council and New York University Press, New York, USA, 43‐52.
  • "Belonging" in the cosmopolitan imaginary. 2010. In: Inglis, David and Delanty, Gerard, (eds.) Cosmopolitanism. Critical concepts in the social sciences. Routledge, Abingdon, UK.
  • Nationalism and the cultures of democracy. 2010. In: Kivisto, Peter, (ed.) Social Theory: Roots and Branches. Oxford University Press, New York, USA.
  • Aronczyk, Melissa and Calhoun, Craig (2010). Nationalism. In: Couto, Richard A., (ed.) Political and Civic Leadership: a Reference Handbook . SAGE Publications, London, UK, 490‐497. 
  • Cosmopolitanism and nationalism. 2010. In: Ritzer, George and Atalay, Zeynep, (eds.) Readings in Globalization: Key Concepts and Major Debates. Wiley‐Blackwell, Chichester, UK, 285‐287. 
  • Social sciences in North America. 2010. In: World Social Science Report: Knowledge Divides. UNESCO, Paris, France, 53‐59. 
  • The idea of emergency: humanitarian action and global (dis)order. 2010. In: Fassin, Didier and Pandolfi, Mariella, (eds.) Contemporary States of Emergency: the Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions. Zone Books, NY, USA, 29‐58.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Duster, Troy and VanAntwerpen, Jonathan (2010). The visions and divisions of American sociology. In: Patel, Sujata, (ed.) The Isa Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions. Sage studies in international sociology. SAGE Publications, Los Angeles, USA, 114‐126.
  • Welcoming remarks: special section: the Tilly fund for social science history and Hirschman prize remarks. 2010. Social Science History, 34 (3). 385‐388.
  • North American social science: trends in and beyond disciplines. 2010. In: World Social Science Report: Knowledge Divides. UNESCO, Paris, France, 219‐224.
  • Calhoun, Craig and Rhoten, Diana (2010). Integrating the social sciences: theoretical knowledge, methodological tools, and practical applications. In: Frodeman, Robert and Thompson Klein, Julie and Mitcham, Carl, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity. Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 103‐118.
  • Renewing international studies: regional and transregional studies in a changing intellectual field. 2010. In: Wiley, David and Glew, Robert S., (eds.) International and Language Education for a Global Future: Fifty Years of U.S. Title Vi and Fulbright‐Hays Programs. Michigan State University Press, Michigan, USA, 227‐254. 
  • Culture and social transformation. 2009. In: Ionesov, Vladimir I., (ed.) Transformations: Risk, Crisis, Adaptation. Russian Academy of Sciences, Samara Scientific Centre, Samara.
  • Cosmopolitanism and nationalism. 2009. In: Schinkel, Willem, (ed.) Globalization and the State: Sociological Perspectives on the State of the State. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 209‐242. 
  • The class consciousness of frequent travelers: toward a critique of actually existing cosmopolitanism. 2009. In: Dube, Saurabh, (ed.) Enchantments of Modernity: Empire, Nation, Globalization. Critical Asian studies. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 310‐340.

 

Honors/Awards

  • Fellow, British Academy 2015 
  • Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences (UK) 2014
  • Fellow, American Philosophical Society 2012
  • Einstein Fellow, City of Berlin, Germany 2010
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2008
  • Fellow, Council for Foreign Relations 2005
  • Fellow, Chinese Academy for Social Sciendes 2000
  • Honorary doctorate, Erasmus University, Rotterdam 2013
  • Honorary doctorate, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia 2005
  • Professor of the Year, Columbia University, Department of Sociology 2006
  • Teacher of the Year, NYU Department of Sociology 2005
  • Two best book prizes from the American Sociological Association

Editorships

  • Editor, University of California Press book series, "Great Transformations," 2018-present.
  • Editor, Sociological Theory, 1994-99
  • Editor, Comparative Social Research, 1988-1993

Professional Associations

Current:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006- ;
  • American Sociologi�cal Association, 1974-
  • British Sociological Association, 1976-86, 2012- 
  • International Sociological As�sociation, 1982- 
  • New York Institute for the Humanities, 2001- 
  • Society for Comparative Research, 1998- 
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1991- 
  • Sociological Research Association, 1994-

Past:

  • American Anthropological Association, 1971-2012
  • American Historical Association, 1994-2012
  • Association of International Education Ad�ministrators, 1990-96
  • Eastern Sociological Society, 1997-2012
  • International Studies Association, 1990-97
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, 1972-2006
  • Social History Society (UK), 1982-92
  • So�cial Science History Association, 1978-2012
  • Southern Sociological Society, 1977-97

Service

Board member: 

  • Mastercard Foundation, 2014- present 
  • American Assembly, 2011- present 
  • Center for Transcultural Studies, 2010-present 
  • Foundation Maison Sciences de l’Homme, 2013-17 
  • New School for Social Research, 2009-12
  • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 2002-8 
  • Foundation Bourdieu, 2002-8

Member of the Council of St. Paul’s Institute, 2015-present 

Many offices in professional associations, including American Sociological Association, 

Member of many academic and scientific advisory boards, task forces, and visiting committees.