William Callison

Academic Appointments

Lafayette College (2019-present)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Law 


Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley (2019)

Political Science, Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, Dissertation Committee: 

Wendy Brown (Chair),  Pheng Cheah (Rhetoric),  Kinch Hoekstra (Political Theory), 

Martin Jay (History),  Hans Sluga (Philosophy),  Shannon Stimson (Political Theory)


M.A.  University of California, Berkeley (2013)

Political Science

M.A.  Humboldt University of Berlin (2011)



B.A.    University of Virginia (2009)

Political and Social Thought, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Visiting Positions 

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Summer 2019)

IES Fellow & Visiting Researcher

University of Vienna (Spring 2019)

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Research Fellow

University of Frankfurt am Main & Institute for Social Research (2015-16)

DAAD Graduate Scholar & Visiting Fellow

Columbia University (Spring 2014)

Graduate Exchange Scholar


Public Writings and Interviews

(with Quinn Slobodian) "A Tale of Two Ordos: German Nationalism in Brown and Red," ROAR Magazine (Summer 2020).

(with Zachary Manfredi) "Dead Again? Dead Again? Mutant Neoliberalism and Crisis Reinvention," LPE Blog (April 2020).

(with Quinn Slobodian) "Pop-Up Populism: The Failure of Left-Wing Nationalism in Germany," Dissent (Summer 2019).

In French: “Rideau sur un coup de théâtre populiste de la gauche allemande” in AOC: Analyse, Opinion, Critique (Sept. 3, 2019).


“Movements of Counter-Speculation: A Conversation with Michel Feher,” interviewed by William Callison, Los Angeles Review of Books  (July 12, 2019).

"S’émanciper de l’émancipation: Entretien avec Wendy Brown," interviewed by William Callison and Michel Feher, Mouvements, Issue 97, No. 1 (2019).

Thomas Biebricher, “Return or Revival: The Ordoliberal Legacy” (interviewed by William Callison), Near Futures Online, “Europe at a Crossroads,” Issue 1 (March 2016).

In French: “Résurgence ou renaissance: l’héritage ordoliberal,” Vacarme 80 (Été 2017).

Sonja Buckel, “Welcome Management: Making Sense of the ‘Summer of Migration’” (interviewed by William Callison), Near Futures Online, “Europe at a Crossroads,” Issue 1 (March 2016).

In French: “L’hospitalité néolibérale: une lecture de l’été des migrations,” Vacarme 76 (Été 2016).

Claus Offe, “The Fate of an Impasse: Europe, Year 2015” (interviewed by William Callison, Jonathan Klein and Johann Szews), Near Futures Online, “Europe at a Crossroads,” Issue 1 (March 2016).

Photo credit: MPIfG/Aydee