Pierre François

Pierre François
199, Boulevard Saint-Germain - 75007 PARIS - FR
Research Director CNRS
Contemporary art, Sociology of markets, Sociology of professions

Research Programs

  • Governance, economic organizations program
  • Work, employment, professions program


Pierre François is a sociologist who has used the tools of economic sociology to analyse the dynamics of art worlds over the past ten years.

His current research, conducted with Sébastien Dubois, focuses on contemporary poetry since the 1960s.

He devotes another part of his work to historical sociology of firms and their managers since the 19th century, as part of an investigation undertaken with Claire Lemercier.


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Sciences Po

  • Introduction to Sociology (undergraduate programme)
  • Classics of Sociology (Master of Research in Sociology, with Daniel Benamouzig)
  • Contemporary sociological theory (Master of Research in Sociology, with Daniel Benamouzig)


  • Director of the Sciences Po doctoral school (2017 - present)
  • Co-director of “Governance” collection at Sciences Po Press
  • Director of the Sociology Department at Sciences Po (2014 - 2017)
  • Head of undergraduate studies in Sociology at Sciences Po (2011 - 2014)

Professional Background

  • Director of research at the CNRS (2010 - present)
  • Research fellow at the CNRS (2001 - 2010)
  • Professor at the École Polytechnique (2009 - 2017)
  • Project manager at the Commissariat Général du Plan [Plan Commission] (2000 - 2001)
  • Professor of Economic and Social Sciences at Lycée, Académie de Paris and Créteil (1998 - 2001)
  • Project manager at the Opéra National de Paris (1997 - 1998)


Habilitation (professorial thesis) in Sociology, Paris-Sorbonne University

PhD in Sociology, EHESS - Paris

Agrégation in Social Sciences

Bachelor’s degree, École Normale Supérieure - Cachan

Degree, Political Studies Institute (IEP) - Paris

Last Publications

  • François, Pierre and Claire Lemercier. 2021. "L' emprise de la finance." In Le nouveau monde: Tableau de la France néolibérale, ed. Antony Burlaud, Allan Popelard and Grégory Rzepski, 227-235. Paris: Éditions Amsterdam.
  • François, Pierre and Claire Lemercier. 2021. Sociologie historique du capitalisme. Grands Repères. Paris: Éditions La Découverte.
  • François, Pierre. 2019. "Conclusions." In Transiger. Eléments d'une ethnographie des transactions médiévales, ed. Julie Claustre, 479-495. Paris: Presses de l'université Paris-Sorbonne.
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