Stanford University

Estelle Halevi

Director, Stanford University Program in Paris

Contact Info


Telephone: (+33) 1 49 54 65 71

Center Address: 28, rue Notre Dame des Champs, 75006 Paris

Website: Bing Overseas Studies Program, Paris


Estelle Halévi has been the director of the Stanford Overseas Studies Program in Paris since 1989. Born in New York City to a French mother and a British father, she has lived in France for the majority of her life. She earned her M.A. in Art History at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris in 1981, and her D.E.A. in Art History and History of Religion from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in 1984. After teaching art history for the University of Chicago Program in Paris, she founded and became director of the new and expanded Stanford Program in Paris.

The courses she has taught for the Stanford Program in Paris include 19th century French Painting, The Artist and Society in 18th Century France, Building Paris: its history, architecture and urban design, The Artist’s World: the Workshop, Patronage and Public in 19th and 20th century France.

She has lectured extensively in France and Europe, on topics including  “The European City: St Petersburg, Paris and Versailles in Perspective”, “Turner and French Landscape painting in the 19th century” as well as on the history of Montparnasse, the Paris Opera, and the Gardens of Paris.

In her capacity of director of the Stanford Program in Paris, she has organized and chaired several international conferences, including “How is Immigration changing Europe? ”, and “Transatlantic Relations since 1945”.

She is deeply committed to international education, and hopes she has contributed to its transformative role in the lives of Stanford students over the years.