Dr Paul Apostolidis

Dr Paul Apostolidis

Associate Professorial Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department for Education

Department of Government

+44 (0)207 955 6295
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CBG 3.07
Office Hours
Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00 and by appointment
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Key Expertise
Political Theory, Immigration, Labour, Race, US Politics, Latino Politics

About me

Paul Apostolidis is Associate Professorial Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department for Education in the LSE Department of Government. He is the author of The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity (Oxford University Press 2019), Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio (Duke University Press, 2000), as well as co-editor of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals (Duke University Press, 2004). His research integrates empirical field research involving Latinx migrant workers in the United States with political and critical theory. He is currently a collaborator in the Mellon-funded research project ‘Latinx Futures: The Civil, Cultural and Political Stakes for Southern California Latinx Communities,’ joining researchers from US and Mexican universities in exploring the resources for democratic resurgence among Latinx civil society organisations in response to racial authoritarianism. As an education leader at the LSE, he spearheads the School’s new civic engagement and undergraduate research initiatives. Prior to joining the LSE’s faculty in 2019 he taught for twenty-two years at Whitman College in Washington State, where he held the T. Paul Endowed Chair of Political Science, founded a nationally recognized civically engaged undergraduate research program and directed Whitman’s first-year liberal arts program. Dr. Apostolidis received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Cornell University and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Research interests

  • Critical Theory and Marxism
  • Migration and Labour
  • Democratic Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Latinx Politics in the United States

Selected publications

  • "Labour Biopolitics and Covid-19:Labour Biopolitics and Covid-19: Lessons from Latinx Migrant Workers in the USA" Greek Studies Now: A Cultural Analysis Network (March 2021)
  • "Desperate Responsibility: Precarity and Right-Wing Populism," Political Theory (January 2021)
  • "A Conversation about Work, Precarity and Political Possibilities During COVID-19," Paul Apostolidis and Keally McBride, Theory & Event, Vol. 23, No. 4 (October 2020)
  • The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
  • Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.
  • Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals. Ed. Paul Apostolidis and Juliet Williams. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • “Representing Precarity.” In “The Politics of Precarity: Paul Apostolidis’s The Fight for Time,” ed. Andrew Schaap with Edwina Barvosa, Leah Bassel, Bice Maiguascha and Kathi Weeks, Contemporary Political Theory (Aug. 2020): doi.org/10.1057/s41296-020-00435-z
  • “Critical Dialogue: The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism, by Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, and The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity, by Paul Apostolidis.” Perspectives on Politics Vol. 18, No. 1 (March 2020): 230-35.
  • Article dossier editor, “Against the Day: Day Labor, Domestic Work, and Precarity’s Politics,” South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 117, No. 2 (Apr. 2018). Includes my “Introduction” (406-409) and article “Day Laborers and the Refusal of Work” (439-448).
  • “Sex Scandals, Reputational Management, and Masculinity under Neoliberal Conditions,” with Juliet A. Williams. Sexualities, Vol. 20, No. 7 (Oct. 2017): 793-814.
  • “The Lessons of Jornaleros: Rancière’s Emancipatory Education, Migrant Artists, and the Aims of Critical Theory.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, Vol. 49, No. 4 (2016): 368-391.
  • “Migrant Day Laborers, Neoliberalism, and the Politics of Time.” In Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations: (De)Fatalizing the Present, Forging Radical Alternatives, ed. Anna Agathangelou and Kyle Killian. Routledge 2016.
  • “Agamben in the Slaughterhouse: On Humanimal Politics, Immigrant Workers, and the State of Exception.” In Political Theory and the Animal-Human Relationship, ed. Judith Grant and Vincent G. Jungkunz. SUNY Pr. 2016
  • “’Young Americans’: Rancière and Bowie in Dogville.” Theory & Event, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr. 2015).
  • “Cosmopolitan Politics and the Migrant Day Labor Movement,” with Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Politics, Groups & Identities, Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 2014): 222-244
  • “Sex Scandals, Racial Domination, and the Systematic Correlation of Power-Modalities in Foucault.” Journal of Political Power, Vol 4, No. 2 (Aug. 2011): 179-97.
  • “Physionomie ou industrie culturelle? Adorno et la critique de la radio chrétienne de droit.” Translation of 1998 Philosophy & Social Criticism article (see below), Réseaux 166 (Mai 2011).
  • “New’ Evangelicals and the Post-Political Horizons of Neoliberalism.” In Radical Religion: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion and the Left, ed. Ben Pauli, Rowman & Littlefield, 2010
  • Immigration, Liberal Legalism, and Radical Democracy in the US Labor Movement.” Historical Reflections/Reflexiones Historiques, Vol 35, No. 1 (Spr. 2009): 137-62.
  • “From Reflective to Catalytic Genealogy: Immigrant Narratives, Racism, and Identity’s Contingency.” Theory & Event, Vol. 11, No. 3 (2008).
  • “Feminist Theory, Immigrant Workers’ Stories, and Counterhegemony in the United States Today.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Spr. 2008): 545-68.
  • “Negative Dialectics and Inclusive Communication.” In Feminist Interpretations of Theodor Adorno, ed. Renee Heberle. Penn State University Press, 2006.
  • “Hegemony and Hamburger: Immigrant Narratives and Labor’s Challenge to Corporate-Led Globalization.” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Dec. 2005): 647-58.
  • “Homosexuality and ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ in the Discourse of the Post-Reaganite Right.” Constellations, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March 2001): 78-105.
  • “Culture Industry or Social Physiognomy? Adorno’s Critique of Christian Right Radio.” Philosophy & Social Criticism, Vol. 24, No. 5 (September 1998): 53-84.

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Teaching responsibilities

  • GV262: Contemporary Political Theory
  • GV498: Multiculturalism