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  • Andreas Kalyvas

    Associate Professor of Politics


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    Andreas Kalyvas


    Andreas Kalyvas is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. He received his PhD and MA in Political Science at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece. Before joining the New School, he taught at Columbia University and the University of Michigan. He has been a visiting research professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and has also taught in Germany, Poland, and South Africa.  

    Professor Kalyvas's work focuses on democratic theory and the history of political thought from ancient Greek and Roman to modern and contemporary continental political theory.  His research interests are situated in the intersection of politics, history, and jurisprudence with a strong emphasis on the relationship between popular sovereignty and constituent power; resistance, sedition, and revolutionary breaks; the norm and the exception; emergency rule; citizenship, cosmopolitanism, and migration. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, "Legalizing Tyranny: Republicanism, Dictatorship, and the Enemy Within."

    Kalyvas is co-director of the Columbia University Seminar on Political and Social Thought. 

    Curriculum Vitae


    Degrees Held

    PhD 2001, Columbia University

    Professional Affiliation

    Andreas Kalyvas is Chief co-Editor of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory since 2010.

    Recent Publications


    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).


    Edited Volumes

    Carl Schmitt, Ex Captivitate Salus: Experiences, 1945-47 (co-edited with Federico Finchelstein), Polity Press, 2017

    Carl Schmitt, Dialogues on Power and Space (co-edited with Federico Finchelstein), Polity Press, 2015.


    Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

    “The Democratic Exception: Resistance and the Making of Popular Sovereignty,” Constellations (forthcoming 2016).

    The Sublime Dignity of the Dictator: Republicanism, Dictatorship, and Political Modernity,” Annual of European and Global Studies, Vol. 2, 2015.

    “Solonian Citizenship: Democracy, Conflict, Participation,” Il Pensiero Politico. Rivista di Storia Delle Idee Politiche e Sociali , Vol 34, 2014.

    "Constituent Power" in Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon 3.1 (Winter 2013), available online here

    "An Anomaly? Some Reflections on the Greek December 2008" Constellations, 17:2, 2010.

    “The Tyranny of Dictatorship: When the Greek Tyrant met the Roman Dictator,” Political Theory, 35:4, 2007.

    “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.


    Book Chapters

    “Rethinking ‘Modern’ Democracy: Political Modernity and Constituent Power,” The Trouble with Democracy: Political Modernity in the 21st Century, edited by Peter Wagner and Gerard Rosich, Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 

    “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.


    Research Interests

    -Democratic theory

    -Theories of sovereignty and constituent power

    -History of political liberalism and republicanism

    -Tyranny and dictatorship

    -Resistance and citizenship

    -Cosmopolitanism and migration

    -Philosophy of law and legal positivism

    -Conceptual history

    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.


    Curriculum Vitae

    Current Courses

    Democracy Ancient and Modern

    Democracy Ancient and Modern


    Independent Study

    Directed Dissertation Study


    Intro to Political Theory


    Independent Study

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