Claire Lemercier

Claire Lemercier
19 Rue Amélie - 75007 PARIS - FR
Research Director CNRS
Historical sociology of economic institutions

Research Programs

  • Governance, economic organizations program
  • Law, norms, regulations program
  • Public policy, transformations of the state program
  • Work, employment, professions program


Claire Lemercier became a CNRS research fellow in 2003 with the Institute for Early Modern and Modern History (l’Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine), and she then joined the CSO in 2010.
Her research looks at institutions that mix public and private elements and participate in regulating the economy. Her work aims at on defining a French model of regulation based on the unique relationship between the public and private sectors.

After an extensive study of commercial courts and labor relations boards, her latest projects delve into patterns of statecraft in the 19th century in the United States and France (with Nicolas Barreyre), the history of apprenticeship in 18th- and 19th-century France (with Clare Crowston and Steve Kaplan), changes in the governance of the largest French firms and the way they have recruited top managers from the 1830s to today (with Pierre François), and notarial and other practices of formalization in 18th-century Europe (with Francesca Trivellato)..

A specialist of the application of quantitative methods, especially network analysis, in history, Claire Lemercier has taught and published a lot on these topics, often with Claire Zalc. In 2019, they published Quantitative Methods in the Humanities. An Introduction (University of Virginia Press) and created a companion blog.

teaching activities 

Lecturer at Sciences Po:
"Introduction tu Quantitative Methods," in the Sociology Ph.D. program.

Lecturer at the EHESS:
"Quantitative Methods for History" workshop (FR), open to students of all levels (in French).

other activities

Coordinator, with David Todd, of the Center for History and Economics in Paris (CHEP)

Member of the editorial board of Enterprise & Society.

Member of the French Committee for Open Science (CoSO)


Bronze medal from the CNRS in 2008.


Habilitation (HDR) from Université Paris 8 (2012)

Ph.D. in history from the EHESS (2001).

Master’s degree (1998).

Agrégation (1997) and B.A. (1996) in History.

B.A., Sciences Po-Paris (1996).

Last Publications

All publications from Claire Lemercier
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