Dr Simon Choat


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. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


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

Teaching and learning


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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