Dr Simon Choat


I am an Associate Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Economics for 2021-22. I joined the Department of Economics in 2021 from the Department of Politics. I have been at Kingston since 2010, having previously taught at the University of Reading and Queen Mary, University of London, from where I received my PhD. A monograph based on my PhD was published in 2010: titled Marx Through Post-Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, it analysed the ways in which these four thinkers have read, used, and criticised Marx's work. My second book, Marx's 'Grundrisse': A Reader's Guide, was published in 2016.

Academic responsibilities

School Head of Department


  • PhD Politics, Queen Mary, University of London
  • MA Political Philosophy, University of York
  • BA History and Politics, University of Warwick

Teaching and learning

I have developed and taught on various modules at Kingston, with topics including Marxism, neoliberalism, and the history of political thought.

In 2021-22 I will be Interim Head of the Department of Economics and will not be teaching any modules.

My work on decolonising the curriculum has been presented at various national and international conference and published in the journal Politics (see list of publications in 'Research').

I was the lead organiser of the School of Law, Social & Behavioural Science's Themed Week in 2019 (https://blogs.kingston.ac.uk/kul/2019/12/23/themed-week2019/).


Much of my research is informed by Marxism. Recent research topics have included: contemporary anarchism; a critique of Ernesto Laclau; the theories of 'new materialists' such as Bruno Latour; the work of the American philosopher Michael Sandel; a comparison of rival approaches to understanding neoliberalism; decolonising political theory.

I am currently working on three projects in particular: an edited book provisionally titled Rethinking Political Thinkers, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2023; a project on decolonising Politics and Economics curricula; and an article on socialism, Chantal Mouffe, and Thomas Piketty.

I am a member of Kingston's Political Economy Research Group and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Global Discourse.


  • 2020 Independent Social Research Foundation Flexible Grants for Small Groups - £4390
  • 2020 UK Political Studies Association Pushing the Boundaries - £2000

Scholarly affiliations

  • Co-convenor of Political Studies Association Political Thought specialist group
  • Executive Committee member of Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought
  • Member of UK Political Studies Association


Number of items: 19.


Choat, Simon (2021) Decolonising the political theory curriculum. Politics, 41(3), pp. 404-420. ISSN (print) 0263-3957

Choat, Simon (2019) The iron cage of enterprise or the restoration of class power? Approaches to understanding neoliberalism. Political Studies Review, 17(4), pp. 416-427. ISSN (print) 1478-9299

Choat, Simon (2018) Science, agency, and ontology : a historical-materialist response to new materialism. Political Studies, 66(4), pp. 1027-1042. ISSN (print) 0032-3217

Choat, Simon (2018) Everything for sale? Neoliberalism and the limits of Michael Sandel's philosophical critique of markets. New Political Science, 40(1), pp. 1-14. ISSN (print) 0739-3148

Choat, Simon (2018) Marx for his times. Book Review of: 'Karl Marx : greatness and illusion' by Gareth Stedman Jones. Global Intellectual History, 3(3), pp. 282-291. ISSN (print) 2380-1883

Choat, Simon (2017) Tuition fees and the neoliberal university. Renewal, 25(3-4), pp. 138-144. ISSN (print) 0968-252X

Rekret, Paul and Choat, Simon (2016) From political topographies to political logics : post-Marxism and historicity. Constellations: An International Journal Of Critical And Democratic Theory, 23(2), pp. 281-291. ISSN (print) 1351-0487

Choat, Simon (2016) Marxism and anarchism in an age of neoliberal crisis. Capital and Class, 40(1), pp. 95-109. ISSN (print) 0309-8168

Choat, Simon [Reviewer] (2016) Book review of: ' An inquiry into modes of existence : an anthropology of the Moderns ' by Bruno Latour. Global Discourse, 6(1-2), pp. 136-139. ISSN (print) 2326-9995

Choat, Simon (2013) Politics, power and the state: a Marxist response to postanarchism. Journal of Political Ideologies, 18(3), pp. 328-347. ISSN (print) 1356-9317

Choat, Simon (2011) Author's reply to reviews of 'Marx through post-structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze' by Simon Choat. Global Discourse, 2(1), ISSN (online) 2043-7897

Choat, Simon (2010) Postanarchism from a Marxist perspective. Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, 2010(1), pp. 51-71. ISSN (online) 1923-5615

Choat, Simon (2009) Deleuze, Marx and the politicisation of philosophy. Deleuze Studies, 3(suppleme), pp. 8-27. ISSN (print) 1750-2241


Choat, Simon (2016) Marx's 'Grundrisse': A reader's guide. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. 240p. (Reader's Guides) ISBN 9781472526748

Choat, Simon (2010) Marx Through Post-Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze. London, U.K. : Continuum. 224p. (Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy) ISBN 9780826442758

Book Section

Choat, Simon (2018) A contribution to the critique of political economy (1859). In: Diamanti, Jeff , Pendakis, Andrew and Szeman, Imre, (eds.) The Bloomsbury companion to Marx. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 57-62. (Bloomsbury Companions) ISBN 9781474278713

Choat, Simon (2014) Poststructuralism. In: Gibbons, Michael T., (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405191296

Choat, Simon (2014) Teleology. In: Gibbons, Michael T., (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781405191296

Choat, Simon (2013) From Marxism to poststructuralism. In: Dillet, Benoit , Mackenzie, Iain and Porter, Robert, (eds.) The Edinburgh companion to poststructuralism. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748641222

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