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.

Faculty in Residence

Autumn Quarter 2020-21: Program suspended
Winter Quarter 2020-21: Program suspended
Spring Quarter 2020-21: 

Autumn Quarter 2021-22: Laurence Baker (Health Research & Policy)
Winter Quarter 2021-22Jan Skotheim (Biology)
Spring Quarter 2021-22: Helen Longino (Philosophy); Valerie Miner (Clayton Institute for Gender Studies)

Local Faculty

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.

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.

Amanda Herold-Marme

Amanda Herold-Marme received her PhD in Art History from the Institut d’ÉtudesPolitiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 2017 with a dissertation on Spanish art and politics in Paris from the Spanish Civil War through the 1950s. She holds Masters degrees from the Sorbonne in contemporary art history, as well as in Hispanic Literature and Civilization from New York University in Madrid. She has taught various art history and history courses at institutions including Sciences Po Paris, the University of California Education Abroad Program, the Ecole du Louvre, and Paris College of Art. She has published numerous texts on Spanish art and artists in Paris, political engagement and exile; some of her latest work was published by the Musée-national Picasso Paris, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Spanish Ministry of Justice and the Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud in Perpignan. In addition, Amanda works for the right-holders of sculptor Julio González and painter Roberta González under the auspices of Julio GonzálezAdministration, to promote, research and authenticate the work of these artists.

Amanda's course is titled Outdoors Paris: Exploring The city's History and Artworks through its Parks, Public Squares, and Bridges

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 Europe and its challenges today.

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 The Future of Globalization: Economics, Politics and the Environment.

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.

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 Places, Images and Sounds of the French at War (18th through 21st centuries).