Boncourt, Thibaud

Associate Professor in Political Science

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2013/2014

Ph.D. Institution

SciencesPo Bordeaux, France


I am a political sociologist with a main research interest in the globalisation of professions. I completed my PhD at the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux in July 2011. I then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the European Centre of Sociology and Political Science in Paris.

I pursue my interest in the sociology of globalised professions through two case studies, political scientists and military officers. My dissertation, ‘The Internationalisation of Political Science. A Comparison Between France and the UK (1945-2010)’, investigates the structuring of international scientific organisations and the opening up of French and British political sciences to the transnational circulation of scientists and scientific paradigms. It shows how international political organisations (Unesco, philanthropic foundations) contributed to the structuring of political science and to the spread of American standards.

I will use my time at the EUI to switch to a case study of military officers. I argue that a careful sociology of officers, who occupy positions in European and international military institutions, can make a strong contribution to our understanding of the highs and lows of European security integration. I hypothesize that international professional mobility leads to the spreading of national, organisational and professional norms and interests that exert strong influences on the building of European security.

My teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate courses on Political Sociology and Social Science Research Methods.

Fields of expertise: globalisation of professions, transnational flow of ideas, European security, biographical research methods, sociology of sciences, history of political science.
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