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Introducing Sciences Po

Sciences Po is one of the leading social science teaching and research institutions in France. According to Sciences Po: Excellence, Innovation, Diversity, “Sciences Po has a unique status combining the selectivity of the French Grandes Ecoles, the intellectual wealth of a university and the independence of a private foundation.” Today, Sciences Po comprises eight research centers, including

:: Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI)
:: Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF)
:: Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE)
:: Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC)
:: Service d'Etude de l'Activité Economique (SEAE)

Sciences Po employs about 250 researchers and enrolls about 600 doctoral students in economics, history, sociology and political science.

Sciences Po has a strong international orientation: about one third of its students (including undergraduate and graduate students) are international students, and it is mandatory for undergraduate students to study abroad as part of their course of study (Sources: Katherine Newman and Katrin Križ’ site visit; Sciences Po: Excellence, Innovation, Diversity, and Bruno Palier’s presentation on Sciences Po at Harvard Inequality Summer Institute, June 19, 2004).


Research areas at a glance



Comparative and domestic institutional evolution

Richard Balme, Henri Bergeron, Olivier Borraz, Jacques Le Cacheux, Patrick Le Galès, Bruno Palier, Michael Storper


Hugues Lagrange
, Gilles Le Garrec, Christine Musselin, Agnès van Zanten

Family structure

Benoît Bastard
, Jean-Hugues Decheux, Hugues Lagrange, Anne Muxel, Hélène Périvier, Henri Rey, Elena Stancanelli

Historical evolution of inequality

Louis Chauvel, Bruno Palier


Catherine de Wenden, Riva Kastoryano, Nonna Mayer

Labor market inequality

Louis Chauvel, Alain Chenu, Elena Stancanelli

Political and civic participation

Richard Balme, Olivier Borraz, Daniel Boy, Gérard Grunberg, Nonna Mayer, Henri Rey, Vincent Tiberj

Racial/ethnic disparities and race relations

Riva Kastoryano
, Hugues Lagrange, Nonna Mayer, Edmond Préteceille

Urban poverty and spatial segregation

Louis Chauvel, Réjane Hugouneng, Eloi Laurent, Patrick Le Galès, Marco Oberti, Edmond Préteceille

Researchers at Sciences Po

Balme, Richard
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: values; elections; political theory

Bastard, Benoît
Affiliation: CSO
Discipline: Sociology
Research: families and their interactions with legal systems; family health; post-divorce families

Bergeron, HenriParis Saint Sulpice
Affiliation: CSO
Discipline: Sociology
Research: health, drugs, and the welfare system

Borraz, Olivier
Affiliation: CSO
Discipline: Sociology
Research: urban governance; health; public policy

Boy, Daniel
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: elections; values; class systems; ecology and environment

Chauvel, Louis
Affiliation: OSC
Discipline: Sociology
Research: cohorts and social classes; morphology of inequality in France and the U.S.; spatial differentiation; lifestyles, and social stratification

Chenu, Alain
Affiliation: OSC
Discipline: Sociology
Research: social stratification with regard to time-use; time-use surveys; social class and time spent at work; non-industrial working class, study of celebrity: investigates 2,900 covers of “Paris Match” and focuses on the way celebrity has changed from 1950’s to today.

Cornilleau, GérardParis Ile da Cite
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economist
Research: retirement systems

Decheux Jean-Hugues
Affiliation: OSC
Research: qualitative and quantitative study of family structure and adult life; parents and adult children; brothers and sisters in adult life; gifts and exchange of services within kinship groups; frequency of family meetings and memory; place of the nuclear family

De Wenden, Catherine
Affiliation: CERI
Discipline: Political Science
Research: Immigration; citizenship; refugees

Grunberg, Gérard
Affiliation: CEVIPOF, Science Po’s research director
Discipline: Political Science
Research: elections; values

Hugounenq, Réjane
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economics
Research: economics of poverty; social protection financing

Kastoryano, Riva
Affiliation: CERI
Discipline: Sociology
Research: immigration; race and ethnicity in France

Lagrange Hugues
Affiliation: OSC
Research: deviance and crime; causes of crime; socialization process; how do poor families help children avoid delinquency? School experience and ethnicity

Laurent, EloiParis Le Louvre
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economics
Research: social policies of poverty; European Union

Le Cacheux, Jacques
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economics
Research: economics of inequality; European Union

Le Galès, Patrick
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: urban sociology; new political economics, France and U.K.

Le Garrec, Gilles
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economics
Research: education; generations; economic growth

Mayer, Nonna
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: xenophia and the extreme right; social class

Musselin, Christine
Affiliation: CSO
Discipline: Sociology
Research: organization of higher education systems; public action; ecology and environment

Muxel, Anne
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: youth and political participation

Oberti, Marco Paris Notre Dame Cathedral
Affiliation: OSC
Discipline: Sociology
Research: social and spatial
inequality in Italy and France

Palier, Bruno
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: social protection in Europe

Périvier, Hélène
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economics
Research: family policies and women’s employment in France

Préteceille, Edmond
Affiliation: OSC
Discipline: Sociology
Research: urban spatial segregation in Berlin, London, Paris and Tokyo and Brazil; quantitative and qualitative study of interaction between social groups in Paris; class; race, ethnicity and segregation; segregation in U.S. cities; social cohesion in 11 European countries

Rey, Henri
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: urban inequalities and social exclusion; parties; social movements, Socialism; political attitudes; militants

Stancanelli, Elena
Affiliation: OFCE
Discipline: Economics
Research: labor economics; trajectories of family life; international comparisons; econometrics

Storper, Michael
Affiliation: CSO
Discipline: Sociology
Research: global, regional and local aspects of political economies

Tiberj, Vincent
Affiliation: CEVIPOF
Discipline: Political Science
Research: political participation in France
and the U.S.; sociology of social inequality; sociology of elites

Van Zanten, Agnès
Affiliation: OSC
Discipline: Sociology
Research: school system and inequalities; teachers and parents’ relation in the production of segregation and protection of middle classes in production of selective schools; London-Paris comparisons

Library accessParis Musee Beaux Arts
Inequality Fellows can get library access only with a Sciences Po student id. Please contact Kati Križ at inequality@harvard.edu to find out how Inequality Fellows can obtain a Sciences Po student id.

Research seminars
Inequality Fellows can join the Ecole Doctorale for French lessons and seminars. At Sciences Po, all students participate in seminars and research activities. Research seminars are co-organized by students and professors, who form research groups on topics of interest to them. They work on a problem for one to two years and then organize a conference. These activities are open to everyone. However, if Fellows visit Sciences Po in May, their integration into seminars might be more difficult than if they arrive earlier in the year.

There are numerous associations, lectures and events at Sciences Po. Sciences Po publishes a newsletter publicizing events every Friday, and Fellows can subscribe to the Sciences Po listserve.

Inequality Fellows could give one or two lectures in an ongoing course at the end of the term. They could also teach in English, which is accepted and encouraged.

Practical information

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Inequality Fellows who are planning on staying in Paris between June and September can find accommodation at the Cité Universitaire Internationale, metro stop Cité. The Collège Franco-Britannique is one of the Cité’s newly renovated residence halls. The Collège offers single rooms with Internet access and en-suite bathrooms and showers, common kitchens, a computer room with Internet access, a common room, and a laundry room.

Inequality Fellows who are interested in summer accommodation at the Cité are advised to apply for a room by April by sending an email to the Collège’s Director, Frederic Ogée, at ogee@paris7.jusieu.fr, or cfb@cfb-ciup.com.fr. Among other newly renovated residence halls are the Maison du Cambodge, and the Maison des Provinces de France. The Cité also has an office called BACE offering help to guest researchers looking for housing in Paris.

For other types of accommodation, see the information on La Residence des Carmes and La Fiap in the accommodation section of Sciences Po's“Guide de Bienvenue.” Inequality Fellows who have done research residencies in Paris have also found the Paris craigsglist useful for finding accommodation.

Health insurance

The U.S. Department of State provides extensive information on health insurance for Americans traveling abroad.

Office space and computer access

In the past, both OCS and CEVIPOF graciously agreed to provide office space for Inequality Fellows. Alternatively, Inequality Fellows may have access to the computer lab at the Centre Americain. For more information, Inequality Fellows are advised to contact Katrin Križ at inequality@harvard.edu.


The best time to engage in a research residency at Sciences Po is between early October and early February, and the end of February to mid-June, when classes for undergraduate and masters programs end. The classes for doctoral programs run from November until mid-May. Most researchers will be in Paris until the national holiday on July 14.


See Science Po's “Guide de Bienvenue” for information on transportation in Paris. In 2003, a monthly pass for Paris cost 46.05 euros. Also visit the RATP website for information on transportation in Paris, and the website of SNCF for information on train travel in France. For a list of low-cost airlines operating in Europe, visit http://www.discountairfares.com/lcosteur.htm . To print out a location on a map, go to http://www.mappy.com./

Visa information

U.S. citizens do not need a visa if they stay in France as tourists for less than 90 days. For the latest visa-related information, see the U.S. Department of State website.

Ruth Grosrichard, Secrétaire Générale à la Direction des Affaires Internationales et des Echanges at Sciences Po, strongly recommended that Inequality Fellows apply for a student visa with the French Consulate in Boston. Inequality Fellows are advised to contact the Consulate for more detailed information well before traveling to Paris.

Inequality Fellows who are planning on staying in France for more than three months will need to apply for a residency permit (carte de séjour). If students initially stay for two months and then decide that they want to stay longer than three months once they are in France, they will have to leave France to apply for a visa.

Within three weeks upon arrival, students will need to get a carte de séjour at the local prefecture de police. If they arrive in September to mid-October and in February, they can get the carte de séjour through the International Student Office.

The prefecture de police is located in the 15th arrondissement, 13, rue Miollis, metro Cambronne, phone: 800 95 95 75. Among other documents, students will need copies of their passport, their birth certificate, translated by a certified translator approved by the French Consulate in Boston, their entry visa (sticker in passport), and proof of accommodation (“justicatif de domicile”), for instance from the Cité Internationale, if they stay there (source: Katrin Križ' site visit 2003).

For more detailed information on visas and residency permits, see the French Consulate in Washington, DC.

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