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Professor Alex Callinicos

Professor Alex Callinicos

Callinicos_AlexProfessor of European Studies (social theory and international political economy)

Telephone +44 (0)20 7848 2110
Address Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 4.26, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway 
London WC2B 6LE


Alex Callinicos studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics before writing a DPhil on Marx's Capital, also at Balliol.

He was a Junior Research Fellow in Contemporary Social Thought at St Peter's College, Oxford, in 1979-81, after which he taught social and political theory at the Department of Politics at the University of York till 2005, when he moved to King's.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • International political economy
  • Marx
  • Social and political theory
  • Contemporary political philosophy and critical theory
  • Historiography

Alex Callinicos has published extensively on Marxism, social theory, political philosophy, political economy, and race and racism. Among his best known books are Althusser's Marxism (1976), The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx (1983), Making History (1987), Against Postmodernism (1990), Social Theory (1999), An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto (2003), and The New Mandarins of American Power (2003). His book, The Resources of Critique (2006), is an assessment of contemporary critical theory - notably the philosophy of Alain Badiou and Toni Negri - from a Marxist perspective. He also works in international political economy: Imperialism and Global Political Economy was published by Polity in 2009. His latest book – Deciphering Capital: Marx’s Capital and its Destiny (2014) – combines his interests in social theory and political economy.

Alex welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. 

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement

Alex Callinicos was an active contributor to the development of the movement for another globalization, participating in the World Social Forum and an animator of the European Social Forum. He is editor of International Socialism.

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