Sandrine Lefranc

CNRS Research Professor

Sandrine Lefranc is a CNRS Research Professor in political science at the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics. She takes a critical look at the policies of peace, "memory", justice ("transitional" or "restorative"), which, at the national and international level, intend to respond to mass violence and prevent the return of conflict. She has studied the way in which governments — in Latin America and South Africa — have managed the exit from authoritarian regimes. She has also studied the setting up of international expertise in matters of transitional justice and "bottom-up peace building", these measures which aim at reconciling societies in the long term. Within the multidisciplinary research team ProMeTe (political science, sociology, anthropology, law, history, visual studies), she is currently working on the trials over 2015 and 2016 terror attacks in France, with a particular interest for the place of the victims in these trials. At the same time, she also works on the measures of restorative justice in France, which try to bring perpetrators of crimes and victims into dialogue.

Sandrine Lefranc graduated top of the year 1994 from Sciences Po Paris, where she also earned a PhD in political science in 2000. She joined the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 2001 and was a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of Politics before joining the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics in 2022. She teaches political science at Sciences Po Paris and at the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne university. She is a member of the editorial board of the Revue française de science politique and one of the founding members of the journal Raisons politiques. After taking part for six years in the evaluation and recruitment activities of section 40 (political science and sociology of work and organisations) of the CNRS National Committee, she was, from 2017 to 2022, project manager then Deputy scientific director in charge of some 50 research centres in sociology, political science and law at the CNRS Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. She received the CNRS bronze medal in 2013.


A list of Sandrine Lefranc's publications is available on HAL


From Dictatorships to Terrorism, How to End the Violence? Interview with Sandrine Lefranc to be read in the #19 issue of Cogito, Sciences Po Research magazine.

Research Topics

International criminal justice ; Transitional justice ; Restorative justice ; Trials ; Victims of political violence ; Peacebuiding ; Collective memory ; Circulation of norms and expertise ; Sociology of international professions ; Transnational mobilizations

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