Dr Simon Choat


I am an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Economics. I joined the Department of Economics in 2021 from the Department of Politics at Kingston, having previously taught at the University of Reading and Queen Mary, University of London, from where I received my PhD. I am the author of two books - Marx Through Post-Structuralism: Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze and Marx's 'Grundrisse': A Reader's Guide - and the co-editor of Rethinking Political Thinkers, published by Oxford University Press in 2023.

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.

As Head of the Department of Economics, I do not currently teach on any modules, but I do lead personal tutorials, supervise PhD students, and lead curricula development.

My work on decolonising the curriculum has been presented at various national and international conferences 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/).

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Much of my research is informed by Marxism. 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; and decolonising political theory. You can find me on Google Scholar here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=osQGm5gAAAAJ.

I am currently working on three projects in particular: a project on decolonising Politics and Economics curricula; an article on socialism, Chantal Mouffe, and Thomas Piketty; and a paper on realism and materialism as methodologies in political theory.

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

Research student supervision


Number of items: 23.


Choat, Simon, Wolf, Christina and O'Neill, Siobhan (2023) Decolonising economics and politics curricula in UK universities. Studies in Higher Education, ISSN (print) 0307-5079 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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


Ramgotra, Manjeet and Choat, Simon, eds. (2023) Rethinking political thinkers. Oxford : Oxford University Press. 728p. ISBN 9780198847397 (In Press)

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 and Ramgotra, Manjeet (2023) Introduction. In: Ramgotra, Manjeet and Choat, Simon, (eds.) Rethinking political thinkers. Oxford : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198847397 (In Press)

Choat, Simon (2023) Karl Marx. In: Ramgotra, Manjeet and Choat, Simon, (eds.) Rethinking political thinkers. Oxford : Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198847397 (In Press)

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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Leadership and management

I am Head of the Department of Economics, with responsibility for the strategic direction for the department, ensuring its cohesiveness and collegiality, line management of staff, oversight of admissions in the department, improving the quality of its teaching, and leading the development of courses.

In 2021 I was elected Faculty representative to Academic Council, the highest academic authority in the university.

I have served as a member of the self-assessment team for the School of Law, Social & Behavioural Science's successful Athena SWAN application, drafting one of the sections.

University responsibilities

  • Head of Department of Economics
  • Member of Academic Council

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