I have joined the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in January 2014. I was born in 1977 in Paris, where I studied at the Lycée Henri IV and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan for my BA and MA. Then, I studied for six years in Princeton University for my PhD, and I was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University until I moved to Geneva. Here, I conduct research on the role of law in the process of globalization. Throughout my various research projects, I adopt a sociological perspective to understand the production and use of legal texts and their interpretation; and to explain how expert knowledge is mobilized in academic and policy fields.
My research field sites include places where I can study the production of global governance, at the intersection of local, regional and global levels, in the fields of nternational security, trade and finance. My geographical areas of specialization include the United States, Europe and the Middle East. I also study the evolution of international economic governance in a historical perspective, by focusing on the transition from colonial to post-colonial times. I have also conducted ethnographic research on literary interpretation as well as research evaluation.
I am particularly interested in advising PhD students who work in the following fields: sociology of knowledge and culture; political sociology (with a focus on the role of experts and bureaucrats in colonial and post-colonial states); law and society (with a focus on transnational and international legal regimes).
I speak fluently French and English and can also read/speak Spanish and Italian.
“Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture” (University of Chicago Press 2014)
“Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea” (Cambridge University Press 2019)
“Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science” (Routledge 2008)
“Strategic Ignorance and Global Governance” (British Journal of Sociology, dec. 2018)
“Contractual Knowledge” (Cambridge University Press, 2016)