Didier Fassin

Didier Fassin
James D. Wolfensohn Professor
School of Social Science

Didier Fassin is an anthropologist and a sociologist who has conducted field studies in Senegal, Ecuador, South Africa, and France. Trained as a physician in internal medicine and public health, he dedicated his early research to medical anthropology, illuminating important dimensions of the AIDS epidemic, mortality disparities, and global health. More recently, he has developed a new field of research, critical moral anthropology, which explores the historical, social, and political signification of moral forms involved in everyday judgment and action as well as international humanitarianism or asylum granting. He is currently conducting an ethnography of several institutions that deal mostly with immigrants and minorities, namely police, justice, and prison, and analyzes the possible contribution of the social sciences to a public debate regarding security, punishment, and inequality.

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, M.D. 1982; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Ph.D. 1988; National Institute for Health Research (INSERM), Senegal, Junior Researcher 1984–86; Hospital Pitié-Salpétrière, Assistant Professor 1987–89; French Institute for Research in the Andes (IFEA), Ecuador, Senior Researcher 1989–91; Médecins Sans Frontières, Administrator 1999–2001, Vice President 2001–03; Université Paris 13, Assistant Professor 1991–97, Professor 1997–2007, Professeur de Classe Exceptionnelle 2007–09; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Director of Studies 1999–, Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux, Founding Director, 2007–10; Institute for Advanced Study, James D. Wolfensohn Professor 2009–; Medical Anthropology, Associate Editor 2010–; Scientific Council of the City of Paris, Member; Comité Medical pour les Exilés, President 2006–; Chevalier des Palmes Académiques 2007

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