CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITION
I’m an Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University.
I was born, raised, and trained in France, where I studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, Sciences-Po Paris, and a few other French universities (Paris I, Paris IV, and Nanterre)—the French system is complicated that way. I came to the U.S.A. in 2001 as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University researching the philosophy of economics. I ended up enrolling in the Ph.D. Program in the Political Science department and completed my degree in 2008 with a dissertation on collective intelligence as an argument for democracy. After holding pre- and postdoctoral positions at the Collège de France (Paris), the Political Theory Project at Brown University (Providence) and M.I.T. (Cambridge), I started as an Assistant Professor at Yale University in the Fall of 2009.
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
- APSA “Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics” Best Book Award for Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton University Press 2013)
- David and Elaine Spitz Prize 2015 (awarded for the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory published two years earlier)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Award 2013 (for my lecture course on "How do we choose, and choose well")
- Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award 2010
- Dissertation Completion Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center (Justice, Welfare and Economics program), 2006-2007
- Edmund J. Safra Graduate Fellowship in Ethics, 2004-2005
- Douglas Dillon Graduate Fellowship Fund, Harvard University, 2002-2004
- Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Harvard University, 2001-2002
- Academic Merit Scholarship, Ecole Normale Supérieure, France, 1996-98 and 1999-2001
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (selection)
- Former president of the APSA Political Epistemology section (aka section 46 "Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics")
- Member of the Political Epistemology Network steering committee
- Member of the Social Epistemology Network steering committee
- Expert consultant on the use of crowdsourcing techniques for the Finnish government (Ministry of Environment and Committee for the Future), Fall 2013
- Member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Oslo, August 2010 to present
- International correspondent for laviedesidees.fr (a French magazine of analysis and information founded by Pierre Rosanvallon), 2008 to present
While at Harvard University, I also studied documentary-making under Ross McElwee. For two years, I filmed and edited several short student films. I still hope some day to bring together my day job as a political theorist and this one time hobby of mine, which I now unfortunately have little time to indulge.