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Professor Craig Calhoun
Director of LSE
1st floor, Columbia House
Houghton Street


Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7007
Email: directorsoffice@lse.ac.uk

Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE

Meet the Director

"LSE is a remarkable institution. It is top-ranked, intellectually innovative, and full of brilliant people. Since its foundation the School has been devoted to understanding major social issues and to grasping the course of social change. Its research shapes and leads public debate.

I am committed to this historical mission and determined that LSE will continue to seek to 'better society'. I am also determined that LSE will continue to live up to its motto, `rerum cognoscere causas', which means to know the causes of things. Throughout my academic life I have worked to make social science accessible and relevant to people's lives, to ensure that they shed light on the many difficult decisions we all make on a daily basis. LSE is a wonderful place to continue that endeavour."


Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics.

He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council.

Professor Calhoun took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. 

He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012). 

Describing his own approach to academic work, Professor Calhoun says: "We must set high standards for ourselves, but in order to inform the public well, not to isolate ourselves from it."

Expertise and publications: LSE Experts Directory: Professor Craig Calhoun.

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Office hours for students

The Director's office hours are an opportunity for students to meet with the Director to discuss various subjects and issues affecting them at the LSE.  

Dates and times for office hours are below:


Michaelmas Term 2015

Thursday 29th October 11am - 12pm

Thursday 12th November 4.15pm - 6pm


Lent Term 2016

Monday 1st February 3pm - 5pm

Thursday 11th February 11am - 1pm

Thursday 14th April 3pm - 5pm


Summer Term 2016

Thursday 19th May 10am - 12pm


Please contact directorsoffice@lse.ac.uk no later than a week before the office hours take place to book a time with Professor Calhoun.

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