Vergniolle de Chantal François

Posted on August 29, 2019

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Research themes

  • US Political Institutions
  • American Congress
  • Ideologies and political thought
  • Elections
  • Political Parties

Current Project

My new book project is on “Compared Republicanims” between France and the United States. Since Tocqueville, the well-known « Sister Republics » framework is usually limited to their respective revolutions in the late 18th century. But this book will have a larger and more contemporary scope. Using political science, constitutional law and history, this project will try and identify the different facets of the republican traditions in both countries with an emphasis on the contemporary period (2nd half of the 20th century until nowadays).

Part of my research also deals with the changes taking place within political parties in the American context. I am especially interested in the consequences of the “defiance” that characterizes voters and party activists. Book chapters and articles should result from this line of work.

Research Supervision:

  • The Crisis of Primaries in American Elections. PhD.
  • American Public Diplomacy in the Middle-East. PhD.
  • Examples of Master topics (since 2013): Black conservative intellectuals – Democratic defection in the South – “anti-environment” groups in the US – Is Immigration Reform even Possible? – Neoconservatism and social reforms.

Education and Academic Positions:

  • 2001, PhD in Political Science (Political Theory), Institute for Political Studies (“Sciences-Po”), Paris, cum laude: « Le fédéralisme en question : les politiques conservatrices de l’antifédéralisme aux États-Unis de 1964 à 2000» (The Antifederalist Moment in American Politics, 1964-2000). Supervisor : M. Denis Lacorne (Senior Researcher, CERI-FNSP).
  • 2012, Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Lyon 2 : « Checks and Balances in American Political Institutions ». Supervisor : M. Vincent Michelot (Institute for Political Studies, Lyon)
  • 2002-2013, Associate Professor, University of Burgundy (Dijon).
  • 2013-present, Full Professor, Université Paris Diderot.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Dean of Graduate Studies – English department – since 2018
  • Joint Degree in English and American Studies (Université de Paris) – since 2014
  • Elected member – Department Board (CA UFR).
  • Elected member – Doctoral School (ED 131).
  • Article for Pouvoirs n° 172, january 2020 : “Trump et le Congrès : un leadership en trompe-l’oeil”
  • IdeAs. Idées d’Amériques N°14, 2019. “Populism in the Americas”
    Edited by Luc Capdevila, François Vergniolle de Chantal et Jean-Christian Vinel, with the support of the editorial board
    https://journals.openedition.org/ideas/5726
  • Special issue of Revue Française de Science Politique (RFSP) sur « L’État américain : nouveaux regards » (co-edited with Daniel Béland, Sociology Professor,   Saskatchewan University, Canada), vol.64, n°2, April 2014. With papers from Adam Sheingate (Johns Hopkins), Timothy J. Conlan (George Mason University), Kimberly J. Morgan (George Washington University), Thad Kousser (UC San Diego). Co-author of the introduction « L’État en Amérique. Entre invisibilité politique et fragmentation institutionnelle », p.191-205.

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