Fall 2023 Colloquium Series - Craig Calhoun

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Craig Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy, economics, and beyond. Currently the University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University and the Stanley Kelley, Jr., Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching of Sociology at Princeton University, he has previously served as president and director of the London School of Economics, president of the Social Science Research Council, and has served on the faculty of Columbia University, NYU, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

As a social theorist and historical and comparative sociologist, Calhoun studies democracy and social movements, the future of knowledge institutions, the shifting nature of capitalism and globalization, the future of place-based communities, the transformation of work and indeed of the human itself, and other social issues raised by new technologies, and the creativity, solidarity, and determination needed to achieve just and sustainable futures.

His most recent books include “Degenerations of Democracy" (2022, with Charles Taylor and Dilip Gaonkar), and “The Green New Deal and the Future of Work” (2022, co-edited with Benjamin Fong). Other major books include “Does Capitalism Have a Future” (2013, with Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, and Georgi Derluguian), “The Roots of Radicalism” (2012) and “Nations Matter” (2007). He has also collaborated with former students to create two of the most widely used anthologies covering classical and contemporary sociological theory.

Calhoun is an elected a fellow of the British Academy, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the American Philosophical Society. He is actively engaged in advancing political, economic, and social democracy at home and abroad, including serving on the board of the MasterCard Foundation, the Center for Transcultural Studies, the Center for Work and Democracy, the Pulaski Institution, and Reset Dialogues, and speaking and supporting programs for organizations and communities in Arizona, elsewhere in the US, and internationally.