Professor Craig Calhoun has been appointed the new Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Professor Calhoun, a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics, will take up the post on 1 September 2012.
He is currently University Professor at New York University, director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council.
Peter Sutherland, Chairman of LSE's Court of Governors, said: "Craig is an outstanding appointment – an intellectual completely at ease in public life whose career shows how academia is not aloof from society but embedded in it.
"He is also a vastly experienced leader of academic organisations, finding new ways of drawing out their inherent strengths and bringing their expertise to bear on society. I have no doubt LSE will thrive under his leadership."
Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He 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.
Professor Calhoun, who began his student life as an anthropologist, is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory and Neither Gods Nor Emperors.
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. "
Professor Calhoun was appointed following an open competition by a selection panel which included members of LSE's faculty, student body and governors.
For more information about Professor Calhoun see http://www.nyu.edu/ipk/calhoun/