Professor Paul Apostolidis

Professor Paul Apostolidis

Professor (Education) and School Academic Lead for Student Civic Engagement

Department of Government

+44 (0)207 955 6295
Room No
CBG 3.07
Office Hours
Tuesdays 15:30 - 17:30 and by appointment
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English, Spanish
Key Expertise
Critical Theory, Race & Labour, Migrant Politics, US Latinx Politics

About me

Prof Paul Apostolidis specialises in critical theory and integrating empirical inquiry into methods of political theory. A major arm of his research derives insights for critiques of capitalism and racial domination from fieldwork with Latinx migrant workers’ organisations and communities in the western United States. Precarious work-life and contesting precarity through popular education comprise key themes in his most recent research. Prof Apostolidis’s published writings explore prospects for deeper democracy and social solidarity through reflecting on this empirical work while engaging diverse 20th-21st century thinkers including Antonio Gramsci, Michel Foucault, Paulo Freire, Kathi Weeks, Judith Butler, Wendy Brown, Cristina Beltrán, and Lauren Berlant. His earlier research analyses the cultural politics of the US Christian Right through a critical approach derived from Theodor Adorno and he has written extensively in cultural studies, including on issues of gender, sexuality and power.

Prof Apostolidis is the author of The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity (Oxford University Press 2019), Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio (Duke University Press, 2000), as well as co-editor of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals (Duke University Press, 2004). He is on the editorial boards of the journals Political Theory and Emancipations, he co-edits the book series ‘Studies in Subaltern Latina/o Politics’ for Oxford University Press, he is affiliated with the LSE’s Phelan United States Centre, and he is a Director of the Radical Critical Theory Circle. Prof Apostolidis has the role of Visiting Expert Scholar with the Mellon-funded research project ‘Latinx Futures: The Civil, Cultural and Political Stakes for Southern California Latinx Communities,’ based at the University of California Riverside. There he is advising the development of a popular education programme with Latinx environmental-justice and immigrant-rights organisations in a region that hosts one of the world’s largest concentrations of warehouse and logistics-industry development. Prof Apostolidis’s current book project, titled Night Work and the Politics of Freedom, investigates the growing phenomenon of night-time labour in dialogue with Karl Marx, Jacques Rancière, Silvia Federici, and other theorists, with a focus on social reproduction, platform labour, the politics of time, and the effects of climate change.

Prof Apostolidis provides academic leadership for numerous civic engagement initiatives at the LSE including CIVICA: The European University of Social Sciences. He is an innovator in the design of public impact-oriented student research projects, including partnerships with NGOs on labour and environmental issues for students in his course GV262 Contemporary Political Theory. He also teaches GV498 Multiculturalism and more generally promotes the development of outstanding research-led and public-oriented education at the LSE through his education-focussed role.

Prof Apostolidis holds the PhD and MA from Cornell University and the AB from Princeton University.

Research interests

  • Critical Theory and Marxism
  • Migration and Labour
  • Democratic Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Latinx Politics in the United States

Selected publications

  • "Different Kinds of Courage - Mexican & Greek Immigration Narratives" (EAAS Keynote lecture) 5 April 2024.
  • "For We Were Strangers in the Land of America", New Lines Magazine, Published online 24 January 2024.
  • Night-Labour, Social Reproduction and Political Struggle in the ‘Working Day" Chapter of Marx’s Capital. European Journal of Political Theory. Published online 19 December 2023.
  • Neither Work nor Leisure: Motivations of Microworkers in the United Kingdom on Three Digital Platforms.” Co-authored with James Muldoon. New Media and Society. Published online 12 July 2023.
  • "Labour Biopolitics and Covid-19:Labour Biopolitics and Covid-19: Lessons from Latinx Migrant Workers in the USA" Greek Studies Now: A Cultural Analysis Network (March 2021)
  • "Desperate Responsibility: Precarity and Right-Wing Populism," Political Theory (January 2021)
  • "A Conversation about Work, Precarity and Political Possibilities During COVID-19," Paul Apostolidis and Keally McBride, Theory & Event, Vol. 23, No. 4 (October 2020)
  • The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
  • Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.
  • Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals. Ed. Paul Apostolidis and Juliet Williams. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • “Representing Precarity.” In “The Politics of Precarity: Paul Apostolidis’s The Fight for Time,” ed. Andrew Schaap with Edwina Barvosa, Leah Bassel, Bice Maiguascha and Kathi Weeks, Contemporary Political Theory (Aug. 2020):
  • “Critical Dialogue: The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism, by Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson, and The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity, by Paul Apostolidis.” Perspectives on Politics Vol. 18, No. 1 (March 2020): 230-35.
  • Article dossier editor, “Against the Day: Day Labor, Domestic Work, and Precarity’s Politics,” South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 117, No. 2 (Apr. 2018). Includes my “Introduction” (406-409) and article “Day Laborers and the Refusal of Work” (439-448).
  • “Sex Scandals, Reputational Management, and Masculinity under Neoliberal Conditions,” with Juliet A. Williams. Sexualities, Vol. 20, No. 7 (Oct. 2017): 793-814.
  • “The Lessons of Jornaleros: Rancière’s Emancipatory Education, Migrant Artists, and the Aims of Critical Theory.” Philosophy & Rhetoric, Vol. 49, No. 4 (2016): 368-391.
  • “Migrant Day Laborers, Neoliberalism, and the Politics of Time.” In Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations: (De)Fatalizing the Present, Forging Radical Alternatives, ed. Anna Agathangelou and Kyle Killian. Routledge 2016.
  • “Agamben in the Slaughterhouse: On Humanimal Politics, Immigrant Workers, and the State of Exception.” In Political Theory and the Animal-Human Relationship, ed. Judith Grant and Vincent G. Jungkunz. SUNY Pr. 2016
  • “’Young Americans’: Rancière and Bowie in Dogville.” Theory & Event, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr. 2015).
  • “Cosmopolitan Politics and the Migrant Day Labor Movement,” with Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Politics, Groups & Identities, Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 2014): 222-244
  • “Sex Scandals, Racial Domination, and the Systematic Correlation of Power-Modalities in Foucault.” Journal of Political Power, Vol 4, No. 2 (Aug. 2011): 179-97.
  • “Physionomie ou industrie culturelle? Adorno et la critique de la radio chrétienne de droit.” Translation of 1998 Philosophy & Social Criticism article (see below), Réseaux 166 (Mai 2011).
  • “New’ Evangelicals and the Post-Political Horizons of Neoliberalism.” In Radical Religion: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion and the Left, ed. Ben Pauli, Rowman & Littlefield, 2010
  • Immigration, Liberal Legalism, and Radical Democracy in the US Labor Movement.” Historical Reflections/Reflexiones Historiques, Vol 35, No. 1 (Spr. 2009): 137-62.
  • “From Reflective to Catalytic Genealogy: Immigrant Narratives, Racism, and Identity’s Contingency.” Theory & Event, Vol. 11, No. 3 (2008).
  • “Feminist Theory, Immigrant Workers’ Stories, and Counterhegemony in the United States Today.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Spr. 2008): 545-68.
  • “Negative Dialectics and Inclusive Communication.” In Feminist Interpretations of Theodor Adorno, ed. Renee Heberle. Penn State University Press, 2006.
  • “Hegemony and Hamburger: Immigrant Narratives and Labor’s Challenge to Corporate-Led Globalization.” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 4 (Dec. 2005): 647-58.
  • “Homosexuality and ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ in the Discourse of the Post-Reaganite Right.” Constellations, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March 2001): 78-105.
  • “Culture Industry or Social Physiognomy? Adorno’s Critique of Christian Right Radio.” Philosophy & Social Criticism, Vol. 24, No. 5 (September 1998): 53-84.

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Teaching responsibilities

  • GV262: Contemporary Political Theory
  • GV498: Multiculturalism