Nikolas Rose

Nikolas Rose is a British sociologist who has conducted cutting-edge research into governmentality and the impact of scientific advances on the exercise of social and political power. Originally training as a biologist, in the 1970s he played an important role in introducing the Anglophone world to the work of key French poststructuralist thinkers. His work has been inspired in particular by Foucault, and he has refined many important elements of Foucauldian social theory and applied them to subjects ranging from the history of psychology in England and the biopolitics of medicine to the way that advances in the brain sciences are shaping areas such as criminal justice and child-rearing. He is currently Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. Polity has published his Governing the Present: Administering Economic, Social and Personal Life (with Peter Miller).