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François Vergniolle de Chantal

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Title: Full Professor, American Politics & Government



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.

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:

  • Joint Degree in English and American Studies (Paris Diderot)
  • Elected member – LARCA (LAboratoire de Recherches sur les Cultures Anglophones, UMR 8225) – in charge of budget (2014-2018)
  • Elected member – Department Board (CA UFR).
  • Elected member – Doctoral School (ED 131).

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.

Selected Publications (since 2014):

  • Forthcoming book, 2020 (under contract): Obama’s Fractured Presidency: Politics and Policies, Edinburgh University Press, "American Presidencies Studies".
  • L’impossible présidence impériale. Le contrôle législatif aux États-Unis, Paris, Éditions du CNRS, 2016, index, bibliogr., 450p.
  • Co-edition (with Agnès Alexandre-Collier, Université de Bourgogne): Leadership and Uncertainty Management in Politics. Leaders, Followers and Constraints in Western Democracies, Londres, Palgrave Macmillan, coll. « Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership Studies », 2015, bibliogr., index, 284p. Contribution: « Is Senatorial Leadership Even Possible ? The Deadlock of the American Upper Chamber », p.14-31.
  • Special issue of Revue Française de Science Politique (RFSP) on « L’État américain : nouveaux regards » (with Daniel Béland, professor of public policy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada), vol.64, n°2, avril 2014. With articles by Adam Sheingate (Johns Hopkins), Timothy J. Conlan (George Mason University), Kimberly J. Morgan (George Washington University), Thad Kousser (UC San Diego). The editors wrote the introduction : « L’État en Amérique. Entre invisibilité politique et fragmentation institutionnelle », p.191-205.

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