Didier Fassin

Didier Fassin
James D. Wolfensohn Professor
School of Social Science

Didier Fassin is an anthropologist and a sociologist who has conducted fieldwork 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 the field of critical moral anthropology, which explores the historical, social, and political signification of moral forms involved in everyday judgment and action as well as in the making of international relations. He is currently conducting an ethnography of the state, through a study of police, justice, and prison, and analyzes the possible contribution of the social sciences to a public debate regarding security, punishment, immigration, and inequality. He occasionally writes for the French newspapers Le Monde and Libération. His recent books include The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry Into the Condition of Victimhood (2009), Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (2011), Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (2013), and At the Heart of the State: The Moral World of Institutions (2015).

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, M.D. 1982; Université Paris Sud, M.P.H. 1986; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Ph.D. 1988; National Institute for Health Research, Junior Researcher 1984–86; Hospital Pitié-Salpétrière, Assistant Professor 1987–89; French Institute for Research in the Andes, Senior Researcher 1989–91; Université Paris Nord, Assistant Professor 1991–97, Professor 1997–2009; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Director of Studies 1999–; Médecins Sans Frontières, Administrator 1999–2001, Vice President 2001–03; Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux, Founding Director 2007–10; Institute for Advanced Study, James D. Wolfensohn Professor 2009–; Comité pour la Santé des Exilés, President 2006–; City of Paris, Scientific Council 2007–; Collège de France, Scientific and Strategic Council 2010–; Institut Pasteur, Ethics Committee 2014; Chevalier des Palmes Académiques 2007; William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology 2010

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