Dr Paul Apostolidis

Dr Paul Apostolidis

Associate Professorial Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department for Education

Department of Government

+44 (0)207 955 6295
Room No
CBG 3.07
Office Hours
Tuesdays 16:00 - 18:00
English, German, Spanish
Key Expertise
Political Theory, Immigration, Labour, Race, US Politics, Latino Politics

About me

Dr. Paul Apostolidis 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). He serves on the Executive Editorial Board for the journal Political Theory and specializes in integrating empirical field research with migrant workers into political and critical theory. Prior to joining LSE’s Government Department in June 2019 he taught for twenty-two years at Whitman College in Washington State, USA, where he held the T. Paul Chair of Political Science, founded a nationally recognized public impact undergraduate research programme, and directed Whitman’s undergraduate first-year liberal arts programme. 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

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV262: Contemporary Political Theory
  • GV498: Multiculturalism

Selected publications

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.

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.