Curriculum Vitae


Dept.of Sociology,
New York University,
295 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
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Present position: Professor of Sociology, New York University

Educated: Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1950-58

Read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, 1958-62: B.A. (First Class Honours), 1962

Student of Nuffield College, Oxford, 1962-64

Assistant Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Keele (on leave of absence from Nuffield) January-March 1963

Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1964-66

Lecturer in Politics, Worcester College, Oxford, 1964-66

D. Phil, 1968 (“Emile Durkheim: an Intellectual Biography”)

Fellow and Tutor in Politics and Sociology, Balliol College, Oxford, 1966-1987

Professor of Political and Social Theory, Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 1987-1995

Director, European Forum on Citizenship, European University Institute, Florence, 1995-1996

Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Siena, 1996-2000

Professor of Sociology, New York University (part-time) 1998-2003; (full-time 2003-present

Visiting Centennial Professor, London School of Economics, Dept of Sociology 2001-2003

Fellow of the British Academy, 1989-

Visiting Appointments:

Taught courses at McGill University, Université de Montréal and Université de Quebec and Montréal in September 1972 and March-April 1973 on Political Philosophy and normative discourse. (In English and French, with Alan Montefiore and Melvin Richter).

Directeur d’Etudes at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, VIe section, Paris, October-December 1972, also teaching at Nanterre in the Département de sociologie and the Laboratoire d’éthnologie.

Professeur Associé de Droit Public, Université de Paris I, Jan-March 1974 (teaching political theory)

Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil and Colegio di Mexico, Mexico City 1975

Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, Temple University, Philadelphia, Sept – Dec. 1976

Hofmeyer Fellow, Department of Politics, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1979

Visiting Professor, New York University, Sociology Department, Spring 1980

Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, University of California at San Diego, May-June 1983

Visiting Professor (Lady Davis Fellow), Department of Political Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April-June 1985

Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Central European University, Warsaw, April 2001 and April 2002

Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, 2009-10

Member of the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2011-12.

Conferences/Workshops organised at the European University Institute:

‘Socialism in Eastern Europe’ – 7-9 June 1988

‘What is Left?’ – 9-10 October 1989

Co-director of Summer School on Comparative Politics
‘Political and Ideological Changes in the Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe’ – 25 June 6 July 1990

‘Rights and Collective Identities. Nationalism in Europe’ 22-24 March 1991

‘Social Scientific and Normative Analyses of Justice’ – 10-12 June 1993

‘Tangentopoli e la crisi del sistema politico italiano’ (“Tangentopoli” and the crisis of the Italian political system) (with Prof. Klaus Eder and the Robert Schuman Centre, EUI) –
1 February 1994

‘Condorcet and the Enlightenment Project Today’ 30 June – 1 July 1995

Other Activities:

Secretary of the Research Committee on the History of Sociology of the International Sociological Association: 1970-74. President 1974-83

Co-editor of Archives européennes de sociologie (European Journal of Sociology) since 1971

Reviews Editor of Political Studies 1976-81

Editor (with Raymond Williams) of series for Oxford University Press

Founding Member of Groupe d’Etudes Durkheimiennes

Papers given at annual meetings of British Association for the Philosophy of Science, Political Studies Association, British Sociological Association, American Sociological Association, Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (joint Session), Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Millennium Conference, London School of Economics, American Political Science Association, etc.

Consulting Member of Editorial Boards of Political Theory, Philosophy and the Social Sciences, Iride, Critical Review, Contention, and Human Rights Review

Co-editor (with Prof. William Connolly) of Readings in Social and Political Theory, published by Blackwell and New York University Press

Formerly Member of Steering Committee of Department of Sociology, Central European University, Warsaw.

Recent Invited Lectures

Distinguished Visiting Lecture, University of Essex:, Feb. 10 2005
‘Liberal Democratic Torture’

Lecture at Northwestern University, 12 May 2005
‘Invasions of the Market’

Vilem Aubert Memorial Lccture, University of Oslo, Sept. 22 2005
‘Questions about Powr: Lessons from the Louisiana Hurricane’

Lecture at the Jefferson Library, University of Virginia, Oct. 28 2005
‘Lessons of Katrina ‘

Author meets Critics’, Law and Society Conference, Baltimore, July 6 2006

Plenary address on Power at annual conference of the American Political Science Association, August 2006

‘Liberalism and Inividualism’ at Conference on Liberalisms, St.Antony’s College, Oxford, January 2009

‘Isaiah Berlin: the Liberal’ at Isaiah Berlin Centenary, Riga, Latvia, June 2009

‘The End of Progress?’ Beirats Lecture at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, May 2010

‘What is it to be human?’ Lecture at Inauguration of the Huma Institute, Cape Town, South Africa, October 2010

Lecture on Isaiah Berlin and Max Weber at Beijing International Symposium on Isaiah Berlin and Contemporary China organized by Tsinghua Academy of Chinese Learning 10-12 March, 2011 at Tsinghua University, Beijing

Keynote Address at Conference in honour of Maria Ossowska, Warsaw 25-26 October 2014

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    Professor of Sociology
    D.Phil. 1968 (Sociology), B.A. 1962, Oxford University. Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, (LittD) 2009, University of East Anglia.

    NYU Office Address:
    295 Lafayette St., Room 4125
    New York, NY 10012

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