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.


Autumn 2017-18: Helen Longino (Philosophy); Valerie Miner (Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies)
Winter 2017-18: Markus Covert (Bioengineering); Dmitri Petrov (Biology)
Spring 2017-18: David Palumbo-Liu (Comparative Literature)


Marie-Fleur Albecker

Marie-Fleur Albecker holds a PhD in Urban Planning from the University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) in Geography and Social Sciences, holds a professional master’s degree in Territorial and Urban Strategies from Sciences Po, Paris and the agrégation of Geography (highest teaching diploma in France). Her research focuses on the socio-spatial and economic consequences of globalization on the first suburbs of Paris and New York and the role of local policies in this context. She is a research associate at the UMR Géographie-Cités, Paris. Her teaching experience varies from Geography to Geopolitics and Urban Planning.

Marie-Fleur’s course is titled Le Grand Paris: Paris of the 21st Century.

Nicolas Baudouin

Originally from Canada, Nicolas Baudouin received a B.A. in Visual Arts (honors in photography) from Ottawa University in 1982. He then moved to Paris in 1986 when he received a grant from the French government to do his Master's degree in Philosophy of Art (Esthétique) at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Nicolas worked as a visual artist in various cities in France and Canada, and is now involved in studying the mutations taking place in the contemporary photography (what he calls "post-photography").

Nicolas' course is titled Paris Photography Workshop.

Jean-Marie Fessler

Jean-Marie Fessler graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1974) and Ecole Nationale de la Santé Publique (1978). He holds a doctorate in Medical Ethics (Paris Descartes University, 1997) and a doctorate in Health Economics (University Claude Bernard Lyon I, 2006). He also received his Certificate in Health Care Risk Management from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (1997). He was a Hospital and Care Establishments Director as well as an expert for European Committee for Standardization and in this context performed numerous audits in 12 countries. Today he is the Senior Adviser to the President of a large mutual health fund in France, the MGEN (Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale). He also teaches at ESSEC Business School, Ecole Centrale Paris and Paris Descartes University.

He has published numerous articles and books on Healthcare management: Accounting, Audit, Information Technology, Smart Cards, Accreditation, Quality Assurance, Pricing, Crisis Management, Hospital Management, Infoethics.

His recent research focuses on the application of Cindynics (The Science of Danger) in the World of Health. He is a member of The Academy of Ethics and Cercle K2 (Risk Management, Economic Strategy).

Jean-Marie's course is titled Global Health Systems: the Future.

Bénédicte Gady

Bénédicte Gady graduated from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris  ("Sciences Po"), earned her doctorate in Art History from the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and  served as fellow at the Villa Médicis in Rome. She now serves as the curator of 17th century Drawings  at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Her book, L'ascension de Charles Le Brun: Liens sociaux et production artistique, published in 2010, received the François-Victor Noury award, granted by the Académie Française in 2011. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the Louvre Museum in Paris, as well as at other European museums, among them, one devoted to the preparatory drawings of the Ceilings of Paris during the 17th century.

Bénédicte's course is titled The Ceilings of Paris.

Sarah Grandin

Sarah Grandin is a Stanford alumna and a doctoral candidate at Harvard in the History of Art and Architecture. As a sophomore at Stanford, she attended the Paris program, which fortified her interests in literature, art history, and French cuisine. After graduating from Stanford with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art History, she studied the history of the French food guide on a Fulbright in Paris. This project was inspired by her previous work as a line cook in Paris and San Francisco, and by her passion for primary research. At Stanford, she assisted Rob Reich in his Sophomore College course “Food and Politics” and Dan Edelstein in his Summer Humanities Institute program “Revolutions.” Her academic research focuses on 17th- and 18th-century French painting and decorative arts, and her dissertation addresses the importance of size and scale in artistic and artisanal practices under Louis XIV.

Sarah's course is titled The Art of Eating in France.

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.

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,” “The History and Architecture of Paris" and “The Artist's World”. Her academic interests include the historical interaction between the city, the artist and his human surroundings.

Estelle's courses are titled The Artist's World: The Workshop, Patronage and Public in 19th and 20th Century France and Building Paris: Its History, Architecture and Urban Design.

Choukri Hmed

Choukri Hmed is associate professor in political science at Université Paris Dauphine (PSL) and research fellow at the IRISSO (Institut de rechereche interdisciplinaire en sciences sociales, CNRS), where he is director of the Master program in Public Policies and Opinion studies. Choukri holds a PhD in political sociology from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a MA of Arabic Literature & Civilization from Université Paris 4 Sorbonne. His main works have been in comparative politics (public policies, immigration, revolutions, colonization...) and Middle Eastern studies (especially Tunisia). He has recently coedited the special issue <Revolutions and Political Crisis in the Maghreb and the Machrek>.

Choukri's course is titled Comparative Politics in the Contemporary Arab World. He also offers a tutorial in Classical Arabic.

Tiphaine Karsenti

Tiphaine Karsenti is associate professor at the History of Arts and Representations department of the University of Paris-Nanterre where she is director of the Master's 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 art, theater and cinema.

Tiphaine's course is titled Franco-American Encounters.

Louise Lartigot-Hervier

Louise Lartigot-Hervier holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris in 2012. She 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. Her main works have been on comparative studies and on public policy analysis (in particular social policies, prevention policies).

Louise's course is titled Challenges of Integration in the European Union.

Éloi Laurent

Éloi Laurent is a senior economist at OFCE (Sciences-Po Center for economic research, Paris). He has background in policy-making, as a former aid in the French Parliament (1999-2000) and to the French prime minister (2000-2002). He presently teaches at Sciences-Po and at La Sorbonne (College of higher European studies) and on campus at Stanford University since 2011 (summer quarter). He has been a visiting scholar at NYU (2003), Columbia University (2002, 2004 and 2007), and at Harvard University Center for European studies (2005-2006 and Fall 2009) and was guest lecturer at the University of Montréal (summer 2010). Éloi Laurent holds a Ph.D. in economics (highest honors) and a Master’s degree from the University Paris-Dauphine in international economics and graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po (political science and economics). He is the author or editor of ten books and close to a hundred articles.

Éloi's courses are titled Globalization and its Effect on France and the European Union and Measuring Well-Being and Sustainability in Today’s World.

Jacques Le Cacheux

Jacques Le Cacheux is a professor of Economics at the Université de Pau (UPPA) and Department Director at the Observatorie Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE), a research unit of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Sciences Po in Paris. He also teaches undergraduate courses at Sciences Po and has been a member of several research networks financed by the European Union Commission: GOVECOR, MOCHO, EUROCAP, CONNEX, EU-CONSENT. He has been one of the rapporteurs of the Stiglitz – Sen - Fitoussi Commission on the Measurement of economic performance and social progress.

Jacques's courses are titled Globalization and its Effect on France and the European Union and Measuring Well-Being and Sustainability in Today’s World.

Florence Leca

Florence Leca 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. She has recently published “L'adjectif qualificatif".

Florence's course is titled Contemporary African Literature in French.

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’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”) and New York University in France, as well as French language for the Stanford Program in Paris. Her research interests include autobiographical theory, auto fiction 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. In 2010, she published Identités juives et autofiction : de la Shoah à la post-modernité at Editions Universitaires Européennes.

Elizabeth is a language instructor and also leads the French Writing Workshop.

Pauline Prat

Pauline Prat holds a PhD in political sciences from Sciences Po, Paris and holds a master’s degree in Territorial and Urban Strategies from Sciences Po, Paris. Her research focuses among others on the construction of the Paris region as a strategic issue and the institutionalization of the public intervention at the regional scale. She is a research associate at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po, Paris. Her teaching experience is mainly oriented toward qualitative methods and the supervision of students work on the Greater Paris agenda.

Pauline's course is titled Le Grand Paris: Paris of the 21st Century.

Grégoire Quenault

After having received his DNSEP, a French higher degree in Fine Arts, from the Ecole Supérieur d’Arts et Design of Orléans, Grégoire Quenault received in 2005 his doctorate in Aesthetics, Science, and Technology of the Arts from the University of Paris 8. In 2005 he was named Associate Professor in the Art Department of the University of Picardie- Jules Verne, where he then became Adjunct Director. He has also taught at the University of Paris 8 since 2014.  Quenault specializes in Avant-Garde trends and moving images, and his research and publications primarily cover the history and aesthetics of Avant-Garde and experimental cinema, expanded cinema, and video art. After having participated in various research centers and groups (such as CRAE- Center for Research in Art and Aesthetics at the University of Amiens, C2RMF- the Center for Research and Restauration of France’s Museums, 24/25), he is now member of the ESTCA Center for Research in Paris (Aesthetics, Science, and Technology of Cinema and Audiovisual Media).

Grégoire's course is titled The Avant-garde in France through Literature, Art and Theater.

Marie-Christine Ricci

Marie-Christine Ricci is a French language instructor for the Stanford Program in Paris since 1993. She holds a Master's degree and a DEA from the Sorbonne, 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.

Klaus-Peter Sick

Klaus-Peter Sick works as a historian at the Franco-German social sciences research centre, the Centre Marc Bloch, at Berlin. A specialist on French contemporary history, he was in 1991, after the unification of Germany, one of the first West Germans to join Humboldt University at Berlin. In 2002, he joined the Centre Marc Bloch as a research fellow, but also continues to teach as a guest professor at French and German universities. His publications cover different aspects of French intellectual, social and political history. He also regularly intervenes as a consultant and debater in French and German radio and television. His last book is La Seconde Guerre mondiale, Paris, First-Gründ, 2011, his most recent article a contribution on French middle classes and politics in Une contre-histoire de la République, Paris, La Découverte, 2013.

Klaus-Peter's course is titled French Politics in Cross-National Perspective.

Sylvie Strudel

In addition to degrees in several disciplines (Master’s in Modern Literature, 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. After working as an Associate Professor at the IEP in Lille, Sylvie Strudel was named full Professor at the Université François Rabelais in Tours in 2005. Since 2012 she is full Professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. From 2001-2003, Sylvie worked as part of a CNRS delegation at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. She travelled extensively as an invited visiting professor (University of Tokyo, Technische Universität Berlin, University of Stuttgart). She is researcher at the Centre d’Etudes Constitutionnelles et Politiques and she is associated researcher at the Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF-Paris) and at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin.

Professor Strudel has participated in various European and French research projects on political and civic participation and on voting and elections (French electoral panel in 2007 and 2012). Strudel’s fields of research include migrations in Europe, sociology and theory of European citizenship, socio-political divisions related to the question of European integration, political behavior in France. Sylvie Strudel has been Professor in the Stanford Program in Paris since 2006.

Sylvie's course is titled French Politics in Cross-National Perspective.

Fabrice Virgili

Fabrice Virgili is a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and received his agrégationin History. His book on France after World War II was published in English by Oxford Press: Shorn Women Gender and Punishment in Liberation France.

Fabrice's course is titled France during the Second World War: between History and Memory.