Kenneth J. Surin

Kenneth J. Surin

Professor Emeritus of Literature

External address: 
101F Science Building, Duke East Campus, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90670, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0670
(919) 684-4364

(Ph.D. Birmingham, England, 1977) is Professor of Literature and Professor of Religion and Critical Theory. He trained initially as an analytical philosopher. His teaching areas include anglophone literatures outside England, philosophy (both analytical and continental), critical theory, marxism, state theory, and international political economy.


  • Ph.D., University of Birmingham 1977
  • B.A., University of Reading (England) 1972

Selected Grants

Political Order and Modernity awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005

Surin, K. Freedom Not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order. Duke University Press, December 2009.

Christ, Ethics and Tragedy: Essays in Honour of Donald M MacKinnon. Ed. KJ Surin. Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Surin, KJ. Theology and the Problem of Evil. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986.

"Force." Gilles Deleuze: Key Concepts. January 1, 2013. 21-32.

Surin, KJ. "Neoliberal Property Relations (Accepted)." Property and Aesthetics in Contemporary Globalization. Ed. J Huimin. Shanghai international Studies University Press, 2012.

Surin, KJ. "Can there be a Marxist Conception of Value that is not ‘Productivist’?”." Proceedings of the Sino-British Conference on Marxism, Culture, and Aesthetics. Ed. R Spencer. Central Compilation and Translation Press, 2012. 103-112.

Surin, KJ. "On Producing the Concept of the Concept-Image." Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media. Ed. R Mitchell and J Khallip. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2011. 171-80.

Surin, KJ. "Existing not as a Subject but as a Work of Art: the Task of Ethics or Aesthetics?." Deleuze and Ethics. Ed. DW Smith and N Jun. Edinburgh University Press, 2011. 142-53.

Surin, KJ. "C.L.R. James as Writer on Cricket." Cambridge Companion to Cricket. Ed. A Bateman and J Hill. Cambridge University Press, 2011. 131-43.

Surin, KJ. "‘On Going ‘Beyond the Pale of the Human’ (ケネススリン人間の境界を越えてゴーイングオン長原豊、エディタ )." Restoration of political economy and political philosophy (政治経済学の政治哲学的復権 ). Ed. N Yutaka. Hosei University Press, 2011. 265-91.

Surin, KJ. "A Genealogy of Comparative Literature in the USA." Blackwell Companion to Comparative Literature. Ed. A Behdad and D Thomas. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 65-72.

Surin, KJ. "Bowlers and Bowling at the 2011 Cricket World Cup." The 2011 Cricket World Cup Analyzed. Ed. J Gemmill. Taylor and Francis, 2011.

Surin, KJ. "Revisiting Empire: some Small Reservations and Much Gratitude." Proceedings of Pittsburgh Conference on EMPIRE. Ed. T Murphy and G Mecchia. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.


"The abyss looks back." American Book Review 39.2-3 (January 1, 2018): 6-7. (Review)

Surin, KJ. "What I Learned from Stuart Hall (Accepted)." Cultural Critique (2015).

Surin, KJ. "Empire Ten Years After: Much Gratitude, Some Reservations (Accepted)." Theory and Event: an online journal of political theory (2015).

Salaita, S. ""Marxism, without guarantees": What I learned from stuart hall." Cultural Critique 89 (January 1, 2015): 136-149. (Review)

Surin, KJ. "What Will It Take to Stop Israel? Truth and Justice." The Other Journal: an Intersection of Theology and Culture (August 2014).

Surin, K. "Marxism and religion." Critical Research on Religion 1.1 (April 2013): 9-14. Full Text

Surin, KJ. "Freedom Not Yet: Liberation and the Next World Order." Research on Marxist Aesthetics 14 (2012): 170-182.

Surin, KJ, and Jie, W. "Interview on Marxism and Aesthetics (conducted by Wang Jie, Dean of Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University)." Research on Marxist Aesthetics 14 (2012): 142-160.


Surin, KJ. "Can there be a Marxist Conception of Value that is not ‘Productivist’?." Sino-British Conference on Marxism, Culture, and Aesthetics. Shanghai. Central Compilation and Translation Press, 2012.