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Dr Simon Choat

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. I joined Kingston in 2010, having previously taught at the University of Reading and Queen Mary, University of London, from where I received my PhD. My research and teaching centre on political theory, with a special interest in Marx and Marxism. 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.

I have developed and taught on various modules at Kingston, and currently teach on first- and second-year political theory modules as well as leading a third-year dissertation reading group on the Politics of Sex and Sexuality. 

Areas of specialism

  • Political theory
  • Marx
  • Marxism
  • Poststructualism
  • Continental philosophy


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

Professional membership

Political Studies Association

PSA Marxism specialist group

PSA Political Theory specialist group

ECPR Standing Group on Political Theory

ECPR Standing Group on Teaching and Learning Politics

Fellow of Higher Education Academy


Most of my research is informed by Marxism, and covers both Continental and analytic political philosophy. 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; and a comparison of rival approaches to understanding neoliberalism. I am currently working on an analysis of the neoliberalization of English higher education and a project on decolonising political theory. I welcome PhD applications in most areas of political theory.


Number of items: 18.


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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