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Stathis Kouvelakis holds a maîtrise and a DEA in philosophy from the University of Paris 10 and a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Paris 8. He has taught at the University of Paris 8 and was a research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton before coming to King’s in September 2003. He was promoted to Reader in 2009.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • French and European political thought

His main research interests lie in Marx and Marxist tradition, German philosophy and recent critical theory. His recent research has focused on the formation of Marx’s political thought, the trajectory of the Young Hegelians and the critique of political liberalism. He also works on contemporary French politics and on the history of social protest in France. Kouvelakis is currently working on two books, the first on the time of politics, discussing the notions of temporality and decision in contemporary political thought, the second on the current state of Marxist theory. His long-term project includes a study of the formation of Marx’s theory in the (political, intellectual and cultural) context of the European 1848 revolutions and their aftermath.

Dr Kouvelakis would welcome doctoral students interested in contemporary French thought; critique of cosmopolitan theories; Sartre; Marxist; or history of political and intellectual radicals.


French and European Political Thought, Theory of Political Parties, Modern French History.

Expertise and Public Engagement

He is a member of the editorial board of the French journals Contretemps and La Pensée, of the Groupe d’Etudes Sartriennes and of the Historical Materialism Book Series at Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden, Netherlands) and of the Historical Materialism Book Series at Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden, Netherlands).