Craig Calhoun (born 1952) is an American sociologist and the current president of the Berggruen Institute. An advocate of using social science to address issues of public concern, he was the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from September 2012 until September 2016 when he left to become the first President of the Berggruen Institute. He was previously president of the Social Science Research Council and was University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University and Director of NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. With Richard Sennett he co-founded NYLON, an interdisciplinary working seminar for graduate students in New York and London who bring ethnographic and historical research to bear on politics, culture, and society.
Some of his most aclaimed works are Critical Social Theory (1995), Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics (with John McGowan, 1997), Dictionary of the Social Sciences (2002), Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (2007), Manifeste pour les sciences sociales (with Michel Wieviorka, 2015).
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