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Scientific Marginality in the United States: A Research Project

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Science is a highly stratified social activity: its elite figures draw a wide range of resources from their occupation, while others face a variety of difficulties, e.g. a less recognised status, difficulties in getting access to grants and prestigious publication outlets, etc. This project seeks to understand why many of the most marginal researchers cope with, and even consent to or contribute to, these inequalities and the scientific standards that produce them. It hypothesises that the socialisation of these scientists plays a key part in maintaining the scientific order.

Thibaud Boncourt is a Junior Fellow at IAS CEU. His research interests lie in the sociology and history of the social sciences, the transnational diffusion of ideas, and the sociology of international politics. He completed his PhD in political science at the Sciences Po Bordeaux in 2011, and held postdoctoral fellowships at the European University Institute (EUI, Florence) and the Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique (CESSP, Paris). From January 2017, will be a FNRS research fellow at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).