Žižek is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and a professor at the European Graduate School. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Columbia, London Consortium, Princeton, The New School, the University of Minnesota, the University of California, and the University of Michigan. He is currently the International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis in Ljubljana.
Žižek uses examples from popular culture to explain the theory of Jacques Lacan and uses Lacanian psychoanalysis, Hegelian philosophy and Marxist politico-economic critique to interpret social phenomena. He writes on many varied topics including politics, art, philosophy, religion, popular culture and psychoanalysis.
In the last 30 years he has participated in over 550 international philosophical, psychoanalytical, and cultural-criticism symposiums. Slavoj Žižek is an accomplished author with 20 books to his credit, these include: The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989), Tarrying with the Negative (1993), The Plague of Fantasies (1997), The Ticklish Subject (1999), The Fragile Absolute (2000), The Puppet and the Dwarf(2004), The Parallax View (2006), and The Monstrosity of Christ (2009).