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 2019-20: Duana Fullwiley (Anthropology)
Winter 2019-20: Markus Covert (Bioengineering); Fan Yang (Orthopedic Surgery)
Spring 2019-20: Helen Longino (Philosophy); Valerie Miner (Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies)


Jean-François Allemand

Jean-François Allemand holds a PhD in physics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He is professor in physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He works at the interface between physics/chemistry and biology in the Statistical Physics Laboratory in the Physics department of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. His research focuses on DNA, DNA/protein interactions, DNA associated molecular motors at the single molecule level, and biological physics in general.

Jean-François’ course is titled Electricity, Magnetism and Optics.

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.

Matthieu Creson

Matthieu Creson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Paris-Sorbonne working on still life painting in France in the first half of the 17th century. He holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of St Andrews, as well as other Master’s degrees from French universities in Literature, Philosophy and Business Administration. Before resuming his academic studies in 2012, he worked for a few years in the wine trade, passed the “advanced” level of the Wines and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), and taught sommellerie and oenology in Paris.  He has also created and taught courses on  French architecture for the Art School ICART and for the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture . He is particularly interested in heritage preservation policies, architecture, and the history of gastronomy and winemaking in France.

Matthieu’s course is titled A Taste of History: Exploring the French Culinary Tradition.

Nicolas Desprat

Dr. Nicolas Desprat is graduated in fundamental physics from Pierre and Marie Curie University. He holds a PhD in condensed matter and is currently appointed as associate professor at the University of Paris Diderot. His research seeks to understand the extent to which physical constraints shape biological systems. In the past, he has worked on cell mechanics and mecanotransduction in early embryonic development. His research currently focuses on the spatial dynamics that participate in structuring bacterial communities. Aside from his research activities, he has developed together with Jean-Baptiste Boulé (MNHN, Paris) a collaboration with the artist Philippe Parreno around a bioreactor in which yeasts dialogue with lights and sounds of the installations.

Nicolas’ course is titled Electricity, Magnetism and Optics.

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.

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.

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 courses are titled Challenges of Integration in the European Union and French Politics in Cross-National Perspective.

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 course is titled Globalization and its Effect on France and the European Union.

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 also teaches at the Sorbonne University-Abu Dhabi campus a course entitled « Francophonie and Variations of French » from  a linguistic and socio-linguistic perspective. She has recently published Pierre Desproges, l’humour, le style, l’humanisme, Paris, Editions rue d’Ulm, 2014. Florence’s research currently focuses on the styles of Sony Labou Tansi and Ousmane Sembène. Her last publication is "Le Sens de l’Humour" (Florence Leca Mercier and Anne-Marie Paillet, Brussels, Academia-Bruylant, 2018)

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 taught French language, civilization, and literature at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”) and teaches in New York University in France, as well as French language for the Stanford Program in Paris. 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. In 2010, she published Identités juives et autofiction : de la Shoah à la post-modernité at Editions Universitaires Européennes.

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.

Pauline Reychman

Pauline Reychman received a Master's in Comparative Literature from the Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1999 and a Master's in French Language and Literature from the University of Maryland in 2001. She currently teaches French Language and Culture in several Paris institutions of higher learning. Pauline has contributed articles, exercises and videos to FLE projects and textbooks. She has also done extensive research and editing for various French authors and publishing houses.

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 Introduction to French Society.

Sherry Thevenot

After earning her Masters in Art History and Archeology at the Université de la Sorbonne (Paris IV), Sherry Thevenot went on to study Paleography at the archives nationales de Dijon. She is certified as a National Guide in France since 2006, and registered guide for Notre-Dame-de Paris since 2014. She is a true explorer of medieval art and architecture, both in Paris and in Burgundy, where she has lived for over 30 years.

Sherry’s course is titled Journey through Medieval Paris.

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 Living through War in France and its Empire: from the 19th Century to the Present time.