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Meet the Paris Faculty

Classes at the Paris Program are taught by local faculty members and the Program Director. In addition, lectures are offered by Stanford faculty-in-residence each quarter. Many professors hold regular appointments at French universities or have served in prominent positions in local governments, policy organizations, or research institutes. Courses are taught in French unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Faculty-in-Residence

Autumn 2012-13 Joan Ramon Resina Iberian and Latin American Studies
Winter 2012-13 Stanley Rockson School of Medicine
Spring 2012-13

Eric Roberts

Lauren Rusk

Computer Science

Technical Communications Program

Autumn 2013-14

Joel Beinin


Winter 2013-14 Markus Covert Bioengineering
Spring 2013-14

Joshua Landy

French and Italian

Local Faculty

Laurie Boussaguet
Laurie Boussaguet is assistant professor in political science at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) and research fellow at the CESDIP (Centre de recherches sociologiques sur le droit et les institutions pénales). She is also associate researcher at the Centre for European studies at Sciences Po Paris. She was awarded a PhD in political science from Sciences Po in 2007. Her main work has been on policy analysis, transnational convergence, agenda-setting, lay people's participation, human rights and European governance. She has co-edited the Dictionnaire des politiques publiques (Presses de Science Po, 2010 - with Sophie Jacquot and Pauline Ravinet - 3rd edition) and recently published La pédophilie, problème public. France, Belgique, Angleterre (Dalloz, 2008), "Too big to fly? A review of the first EU citizens' conferences" (Science and Public Policy, 36(10), December 2009, pp. 777-789 - with Renaud Dehousse), and " Lesfaiseuses d'agenda : les militantes féministes et l'émergence des abus sexuels sur mineurs en Europe" (Revue Française de Science Politique, 59(2), avril 2009, pp. 221-246).
Jean-Marié Fessler
Jean-Marie Fessler graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale de la Santé Publique. He holds a doctorate in Medical Ethics (Paris Descartes) and a doctorate in Health Economics (Lyon I). He also received his Certificate in Health Care Risk Management from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. For many years he worked as Director of Hospital and Care Establishments in France. Today he is the Adviser to the President of the largest mutual health fund in France, the MGEN, Mutuelle Générale de l'Education Nationale. He has published numerous articles and books on Healthcare management
Brigitte Gallini
Brigitte Gallini graduated from the the Ecole du Louvre et de Muséologie and holds both a Masters degree and a DEA in Art History from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne). Author of numerous articles and publications, she was art commissioner for several international exhibitions at the Louvre. After having worked for the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris , she took on the instruction of courses in iconography and iconology at the Ecole de Louvre, Christie's Education and Drouot Formation for many years.
Sonia Gourévitch
Sonia Gourévitch holds a doctorate in didactology of languages and culture from the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris III. She specializes in phonetics and now teaches at the Université de Paris IX.
Patrick Guédon
Patrick Guédon is a French language instructor for the Stanford Program in Paris. He holds a master’s degree (Université de Paris VII) and a DESS (Université de Paris III) in French as a foreign language. He has published numerous guides and textbooks on the subject.

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Estelle Halévi
Program Director
Estelle Halévi has been the director of the Stanford Center in Paris since 1989. She holds master’s degrees in art history and the history of religion, and a DEA in art history from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Among the courses she has taught over the years are “Art and Society in 18th-Century France,” “19th-Century French Painting,” and “The History and Architecture of Paris.»

Choukri Hmed
In addition to degrees in several disciplines (master's in Arabic Language, Literature and Civilization, Université Paris-IV Sorbonne ; DEA in Social Policies from the Université Paris-I Sorbonne ; /Agrégation/ in social sciences, degree and Ph.D. in political science from the Université Paris-I Sorbonne), Choukri Hmed is an Associate Professor in political science. He was named full associate professor at the Université Paris-Dauphine in September 2007. Since 2007, he has taught for the Stanford Program in Paris in the fields of history, political science and Arabic. Since 2009, he is Visiting Associate Professor at BOSP in History and International Relations (Course: Colonization, Decolonization and Immigration in France). He is currently director of the Master, Social and Political Research, at the Paris University, Paris Dauphine, and associated researcher at the Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences sociales (IRISSO, UMR CNRS 7170). His fields of research include: public policies, history and sociology of immigration and colonization, social movements, fiscal sociology. Among his publications are: Choukri Hmed /et al./, eds, 2011, "Observer les mobilisations", /Politix. Revue des sciences sociales du politiques /;/ /Choukri Hmed, Sylvain Laurens, 2008, /L'Invention de l'immigration/, Agone, vol. 40.

Tiphaine Karsenti
Tiphaine Karsenti is associate professor of theater and drama at the University of Paris-Nanterre where she is director of the Masters studies program in this field. An alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and an agrégée in classic studies, her interests and area of research touch upon both 16th and 17th century French literature , as well as contemporary creative works, especially those related to theater and cinema.

Éloi Laurent
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Éloi Laurent is a Senior Research fellow at OFCE (Sciences-po Center for economic research). He graduated summa cum laude and holds a Ph.D in economics from Sciences-po as well as a master’s degree from University Paris-Dauphine (cum laude). A former aide in the French Parliament and for the French prime minister, he has been a visiting scholar in NYU, Columbia University and, in 2005-2006, in the Center for European studies at Harvard University. He teaches at Sciences-po and Collège des hautes etudes européennes (University Paris I).

Jacques Le Cacheux
Jacques Le Cacheux is a professor of economics at the Université de Pau and Directeur du département des études, at the Observatorie Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE), a research unit of the Insititut d’études Politiques (“Sciences Po”) in Paris. He also teaches graduate courses at Sciences Po and is a member of three research networks financed by the European Union Commission: GOVECOR, MOCHO, and EUROCAP.

Benoît Leguet
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Florence Mercier
Florence Mercier was a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and earned her doctorate in literature at the Sorbonne. She has taught at the Stanford center in Paris since 1994. After finishing her thesis on Jean Genet, her research and teaching focused both on literature and the French language. She has taught at the Sorbonne since 1990 in both these fields. Her research culminated in her work on Irony, published in 2003 and on the phenomenon of polyphony in contemporary literature, works published in 2007 and 2010. After having lived ten years in Africa (Gabon and Senegal), her interests focused as well on African Francophone literature. In this context , she taught a course on comparative literature at the Sorbonne, based on the works of Amadou Hampâté Bâ.
Elizabeth Molkou
Elizabeth Molkou received her Ph.D. in French from McGill University in Canada. She currently teaches French language, civilization, and literature at the Insititut d’‡tudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”) and New York University in France, as well as French language for the Stanford Program in Paris. Professor Molkou is the co-author of the “Charte de la langue française” of Sciences Po. Her research interests include autobiographical theory, autofiction in contemporary French literature, and the representation of Paris in contemporary fiction; her critical writing is informed by an interest in the relationship between language and identity. Her most recent paper, entitled Le Paris de Patrick Modiano, was presented at Université Paris–I Panthéon Sorbonne.
Pauline Reychman
Pauline Reychman holds a master’s degree in French literature from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the Sorbonne (Université de Paris III). She currently teaches French language for the Stanford Program in Paris.
Marie-Christine Ricci
Marie-Christine Ricci is a French language instructor for the Stanford Program in Paris since 1993. She holds a Masters degree and a DEA (Université de Paris III) in French as a foreign language. She currently teaches French language, civilization, and literature, and is responsible for writing workshops. Her research interests include Paris' history and culture, and in this context, she organizes cultural walking tours through Paris.
Sylvie Strudel
In addition to degrees in several disciplines (master's in linguistics, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne ; DEA in sociology from the EHESS ; degree and Ph.D. in political science from the IEP in Paris), Sylvie Strudel is a Professeur des Universités in political science. She was named full professor at the Université François Rabelais in Tours in September of 2005. From 2001-2003, she worked at the CNRS Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. She travelled as an invited visiting professor, including to the University of Tokyo (September 1999) and to Technische Universität Berlin (2004). She is associated researcher at the Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF-Paris). Strudel's fields of research include : migrations in Europe; sociology and theory of European citizenship; political behavior in France. Among her publications are:
  • Sylvie STRUDEL dir., Pratiques de la citoyenneté européenne, Revue internationale de politique comparée, 9 (1), printemps 2002.
  • Olivier BEAUD, Arnaud LECHEVALIER, Ingolf PERNICE et Sylvie STRUDEL dir, L'Europe en voie de Constitution. Pour un bilan critique de la Convention, Bruxelles, Editions Bruylant, 2004.

Oscar Villegas Paez
Oscar Villegas-Paez was born in Bolivia in 1966. He currently lives and works in Paris as an independent photographer, film-maker and curator. He holds a Master of Fine arts Degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has taught both photography and art history at NYU ( Paris), Saint John's University (New York) , The New School University (New York), Istituto Europeo di Design (Madrid) and the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (Santander, Espagne). In 1997, he was appointed as Adjunct Director of the department of photography at The New School University. His work has been exhibited in various countries and can be found in important private and public collections.
Fabrice Virgili
Fabrice Virgili is a researcher at the the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and received his agrégation in History. His book on France after World War II, was published in English by Oxford Press: Shorn Women Gender and Punishment in Liberation France, Oxford, Berg Publishers, Juin 2002, 384 p.
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