Kalyvas, Andreas

andreas kalyvas

Andreas Kalyvas
PhD, Political Science, Columbia University;
MA, Columbia University;
BA, National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens, Greece
Associate Professor of Political Science


I am interested in democratic theory and the history of political ideas from ancient Greek and Roman to modern to contemporary continental political theory. In particular, my work focuses on the relationship between democracy and constitutionalism; problems of popular sovereignty, representation, and political autonomy; radical foundings, revolutionary breaks, and constitution making; the norm and the exception; emergency rule; citizenship and cosmopolitanism. My current research is oriented toward questions of constituent power and radical democratic politics on the one hand and on the overlapping of tyranny and dictatorship in Western political thought, on the other. I am currently completing a book manuscript provisionally titled "Legalizing Tyranny: Constitutional Dictatorship and the Enemy Within" while working on a second one, "Constituent Power and Radical Democracy."


Courses Taught:

    Radical Democracy
    The Political Theory Field Seminar
    The Political and Constitutional Theory of Carl Schmitt (seminar)
    The Politics and History of the Constituent Power (seminar)
    The Concept and Politics of Tyranny in Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
    Theories of Democratic Constitutionalism
    The Political Philosophy of Cornelius Castoriadis
    The Political Forms of Globalization
    Ancient and Medieval Political Theory
    Introduction to Political Theory
    On Ideology

    Recent Publications:

    I. Books:

    • Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, Cambridge University Press (hardcover 2008, paperback 2009).
    • Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns, Cambridge University Press, 2008 (co-authored with Ira Katznelson).

    II. Articles in Peer Review Journals:

    • “The Basic Norm and Democracy in Hans Kelsen’s Legal and Political Theory,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 32:5, 2006.
    • “Popular Sovereignty, the Constituent Power, and Democracy,” Constellations, 12:2, 2005.
    • “From the Act to the Decision. Hannah Arendt and the Question of Decisionism,” Political Theory, 32:4, 2004.
    • “Charismatic Politics and the Symbolic Foundations of Power,” New German Critique, 85, 2002.
    • “The Politics of Autonomy and the Challenge of Deliberation: Cornelius Castoriadis contra Jürgen Habermas,” Thesis Eleven, 64, 2001.
    • “Hegemonic Sovereignty: Carl Schmitt, Antonio Gramsci, and the Constituent Prince,” Journal of Political Ideologies, 5:3, 2001.
    • “Carl Schmitt and the Three Moments of Democracy,” Cardozo Law Review, 21:5-6, 2000.

    III. Book Chapters:

    • “The Democratic Narcissus: The Agonism of the Ancients Compared to that of the (Post) Moderns,” Law and Agonistic Politics, edited by Andrew Schaap, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.
    • “The Sovereign Weaver: Beyond the Camp,” in Politics, Metaphysics, and Death: Essays on Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer, edited by Andrew Norris, Duke University Press, 2005.
    • “The Stateless Theory,” Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered, edited by S. Aronowitz and P. Bratsis, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2002.


    Office Location:
    The New School for Social Research
    Political Science Department
    6 East 16th Street, Suite 724
    New York, NY  10011
    Phone Number/Extension:
    212-229-5747 x3081


    Research Interests:
    Democratic theory; Theories of sovereignty and constituent power; Tyranny and dictatorship; States of exception; Legal positivism and the philosophy of law; History of political liberalism and republicanism; Decisionism and judgment; Marxism, post-Marxism, and critical theory.
    Professional Affiliations:

    Constellations, Co-Editor in Chief

    Constellations, Editorial Council

    Duke University Press, Editorial Board of the series History, Culture, Politics

    American Political Science Association, Member

    Northeastern Political Science Association, Member

    The Association for Political Theory, Member

    The Modern Greek Studies Association, Member


    Awards and Honors:

    2009-2010 Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

    The annual Polity Prize for the best article published in the journal in 2006.

    The Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political philosophy, 2002.

    CV (pdf):

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