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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 Chile, 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; disobedience, resistance, sedition, and revolutionary breaks; the norm and the exception; emergency rule and dictatorship; state theory and oligarchic power; citizenship, cosmopolitanism, and migration. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, Tyranny Legalized: Republicanism, Dictatorship, and the Enemy Within.



    Degrees Held

    PhD 2001, Columbia University

    MA 1994, Columbia University

    BA 1990, National and Kapodistrian University

    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

    “Democracy and the Poor: Prolegomena to a Radical Theory of Democracy,” Constellations, 26:4, 2019.

    “Whose Crisis? Which Democracy? Notes on the Current Political Conjuncture,” Constellations, 26:3, 2019.

    “Carl Schmitt’s Postcolonial Imagination,” Constellations, 25:1, 2018.

    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

    "Democracy and the Poor," Thinking Democracy Now: Between Innovation and Regression, edited by Nadia Urbinati, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, 2019.

    “Constituent Power,” Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon, edited by J.M. Bernstein, Ann Laura Stoler, Adi Ophir, Fordham University Press, 2018

    “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

    -State theory and Oligarchic power

    -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.

    Current Courses

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Summer 2024

    Future Courses

    Communist AntiColonial Thought
    LPOL 3118, Spring 2025

    Communist AntiColonial Thought
    GPOL 6110, Spring 2025

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Ind Senior Prject
    LPOL 4990, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    LPOL 3950, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Political Research Seminar
    GPOL 7004, Fall 2024

    Political Thought of Karl Marx
    LPOL 3109, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    Ancient Greek Pol Thought
    LPOL 3113, Fall 2023

    Ancient Greek Political Theory
    GPHI 5031, Fall 2023

    Ancient Greek Political Theory
    GPOL 5031, Fall 2023

    Directed Dissertation Study
    GPOL 7991, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Ind Senior Prject
    LPOL 4990, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    LPOL 3950, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    GPOL 6423, Spring 2024

    Oligarchy: Theory and History
    LPOL 3115, Spring 2024

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