I am Professor at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po in Paris, to which I returned in in 2010 after 5 years at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) where I was Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Max Kade Center in European and German studies. Prior to Vanderbilt, I taught at Sciences Po and at Stirling University.
In Sciences Po, I teach both undergraduate and graduate classes (Environmental politics, European politics) and coordinate the Double Master Degree on European Affairs (Sciences Po/LSE). I also coordinate academic exchange between Oxford University and Sciences Po throught the Oxpo programme http://oxpo.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.asp.
My research interests include political parties and social movements and I focus on how political activism has changed over the last 30 years. In particular, I look at the ways in which some of the demands for democratisation expressed in movements (such as the greens - Les habits verts de la politique, Presses de Sciences Po, 1999) have found their ways into mainstream political parties. These evolutions are set in the context of societal processes of individualisation. One thus needs to take into account the blurring of boundaries between the public and the private (and thus how lifestyles choices impact on process of political engagement) and how political parties (such as Labour and the French socialists amongst others) have created new opportunities for individual (rather than collective) modes of participation through ballots, policy forums and consultations. Organisational reforms in major parties have contributed to change how individual members relate to their party and what this means for them in terms of identity building, loyalty and ultimately mobilising potential.
Although I consider that such changes need to be analysed in a broader political context, taking into account policy feedback effects from policies focusing on the promotion of the citizen consumer and the emergence of a market society (The New Labour Experiment, Standford University Press, 2010, with Patrick Le Galès), I have also looked in great detail at processes of change within British political parties, through the prism of the annual conferences (Changing Parties. A Political Anthropology of British Party Conferences, Palgrave, 2005).