Cynthia L. Reed Professor of French Studies and Language

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On leave academic year 2020

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Bruno Perreau is the Cynthia L. Reed Professor of French Studies and Language.

Perreau received his PhD in political science from the University of Paris 1, and taught for ten years at Sciences Po. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Jesus College; a Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center; a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley; and a Burkhardt fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford. He received awards from the British Academy, the European Commission, the European University Institute, the French government (academic palms), and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Since 2012, he has been affiliated with the Center for European Studies, Harvard, and the THEMA lab, University of Lausanne.

Perreau is the founding chair of the MIT Global France Seminar.

He is the author of ten books on political institutions and ideas, bioethics, gender in translation, and queer theory. He has recently published The Politics of Adoption (MIT Press, 2014), Queer Theory: The French Response (Stanford University Press, 2016), Les Défis de la République (coedited with Joan W. Scott, Presses de Sciences Po, 2017), andQui a peur de la théorie queer ? (Presses de Sciences Po, 2018).

Research Areas / Expertise: French Politics, Literature, and Culture; Gender and Sexuality; Queer Theory; Social and Political Theory

2006 Ph.D. Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris
1998 M.A. Loughborough, UK
1997 Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon