NYU Paris Faculty
Nadine Airut, M.A. | French Language
Nadine Airut holds a degree in French (DEA de Français Langue Etrangère) in Teaching French to foreign students, and a masters degree in English Literature and Civilisation.
She has been teaching French language in NYU for 18 years to all students of all levels of French.
She has also taught in other schools and programs, such as the Alliance Française in Paris for 5 years, in Hamilton and Smith College, and in Paris Dauphine for 5 years.
Marica Antonucci, Ph.D. | Art History
Marica Antonucci holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Johns Hopkins University. Her research and teaching interests include the relationship between art and collectivity under capitalism and the historical legacies of monuments and cultural heritage institutions. She has held fellowships at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for the History of Art, and the Center for Italian Modern Art. Her work has appeared in ASAP/J and the Monument Lab Bulletin.
Sam Azulys, Ph.D. | Cinema Studies
Sam Azulys has a doctorate in Philosophy from the Sorbonne (University of Paris I); he teaches cinema at NYU Paris and at the INSEEC Business School, and lectures regularly on cinema and visual culture. His publications include a book on Stanley Kubrick (Stanley Kubrick, une odyssée philosophique, Editions de la Transparence, 2011) and another on the series "Game of Thrones," Philosopher avec Game of Thrones (Editions Ellipses, 2016). Azulys is also a filmmaker and playwright. His play Récréation was performed at the Avignon Theatre Festival in 2018.
Nicolas Baudouin, M.A. | Visual Arts
A visual artist originally from Canada, Nicolas Baudouin came to Paris to complete a Master degree in Aesthetics (philosophy of arts) at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He spent the last 15 years studying the mutations related to the new practices of photography and the rise of what he called “post-photography.”
He is searching and exploring those new practices looking for a new image that would have this intermediate quality in being between virtuality and reality. Nicolas Baudouin is also teaching art history and photography in different American programs in Paris such as NYU, Columbia and Stanford.
Luciane Beduschi, Ph.D. | Music History and Music Theory
Luciane Beduschi has taught music history and music theory in France at the Sorbonne and Paul- Valéry University (2007-2012), and in the United States at Skidmore College, NY (2012-2015). She was a Wallace fellow and then served as an Associated Researcher at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, I Tatti, Florence, Italy (2018-2022).
Her work on music analyses and music history, as well as a few recordings, scores, prefaces and liner notes, has been published in France (PUPS, CNED, Musurgia, Symétrie, Outhere Music, Alpha, Château de Versailles, K617), Belgium (Peeters Publishers, Ramée), Germany (Köln Ars Produktion), England (Sheffield Phoenix Press), Switzerland (DIVOX), Italy (Brepols), Portugal (Gulbenkian Foundation), United States (Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy), and Brazil.
She joined NYU Paris in 2023 and the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz where she will be teaching music history and music theory.
Valérie Berty, Ph.D. | French Language
Valérie Berty has a Ph.D in Sociology of Literature from the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences). She teaches literature and cinema, as well as French language courses.
Valérie has specialized in African literature and cinema. She published a collective book on writers-filmmakers and published, in February 2019, a book on Ousmane Sembène, writer and first African fiction filmmaker.
Alice de Charentenay
Alice de Charentenay works on 19th Century French novel and how it became a place to discuss politics and gender issues. She was born and raised in Paris and studied at the École Normale Supérieure before achieving her Ph.D. at Sorbonne University. She is the co-author of La Commune des écrivains (Gallimard, 2021) and an activist in various social movements. Also very engaged in film-viewing.
Shukti Chaudhuri-Brill, Ph.D. | Linguistic Anthropology
Shukti Chaudhuri-Brill is an American linguistic anthropologist. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Czech Republic with Czech Roma. She has lived in France for twenty years and has worked in French higher education for the past ten. In addition to teaching, she works on independent research on migration and integration. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, needlework, spending time with family and her pet cats and dog, traveling, and learning new languages.
Cécile Cotté | Theater
Cécile Cotté majored in Theater studies at Université de Censier in Paris. She was a student of Daniel Mesguich at the Ecole du Miroir.
She also a has a diploma from the Ecole Internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq.
She is a pluridisciplinary theater professional and her work includes directing, acting, writing, and teaching for live theater, cinema, radio, and television.
She has been teaching theater at NYU Paris since 2002.
Isabelle Coydon, M.A. | French Language and Phonetics
Professor of French as a Foreign Language, graduated from Paris Diderot University (Paris VII), Isabelle Coydon is a phonetics specialist, graduated from Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris III). She is responsible for the Tandem Paris-NYU language exchange program, she also teaches at La Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris. She is an author of several French learning text books.
Inés Crespo, Ph.D. | Philosophy of Language
I am a Global Lecturer at NYU Paris. I am interested in the normative constraints at the basis of linguistic expression, and in the epistemology of disciplines concerned with natural language.
Jean-Philippe Dedieu, Ph.D. | History and Sociology
Educated at the Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, Jean-Philippe Dedieu holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School and a Ph.D. in History and Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). His research focuses on the political history and sociology of African diaspora.
In addition to his contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Times, Jean-Philippe Dedieu’s scholarly articles have appeared in African Studies Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Foreign Affairs, and Humanity, among others. He has published a book in French: Immigrant Voices: African Migrants in the Public Sphere in France, 1960-1995 (Paris: Klincksieck, 2012).
A former Fulbright Scholar at University of California, Berkeley, Jean-Philippe Dedieu received a CIRHUS Fellowship at New York University in 2014, a Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellowship at Harvard University in 2015, and a Senior Fellowship from the Max Weber Foundation in 2018.
Pingping Ding, P.hD.
Ping-Ping Ding received a B.S. degree in electronics information science and technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in 2004, and an M.S. degree in radio-physics from the School of Electronic Information, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, in 2007.
She received a joint Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore and Centrale-Supélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, in 2011.
From 2012 to 2016, she worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist of CNRS with the Laboratoire de Génie Electrique de Paris, and of Centrale-Supelec with the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S), France, respectively. Then she worked as an Assistant Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China until 2019. Then she was an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of CS & Engineering at NYU Shanghai.
Her research interests include electromagnetic compatibility from devices to systems, nondestructive testing, and evaluation of composite structures, computational electromagnetics, and its applications with machine learning. She published 16 journal papers and 23 conference papers. She was the PI of 2 research projects.
Elise Dumas, Ph.D. | Machine Learning and Mathematics
Elise Dumas obtained a Master’s Degree in Machine Learning and Applied Mathematics at the École Polytechnique, Paris, France, and at Imperial College, London, UK. She then received a PhD in Biostatistics from Université Paris Saclay. She currently works at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. She joined NYU Paris in September 2022. Her research focuses on the use of large-scale datasets and causal inference methods for medical applications.
Mirna Dzamonja, Ph.D. | Mathematics & Computer Science
Mirna Džamonja specializes in Mathematical, Computer Science, and Philosophical Logic and holds a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from UW-Madison. She has researched and taught in the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, and France, and earned the title of Full Professor at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) in 2010. Since that time she has mostly lived in Paris, where she is an Associated Member of the centers IHPST (Université Pantheon-Sorbonne) and IRIF (Université Paris Cité) and where she leads a Scientific Consultancy company called Logique Consult. She was the Ph.D. advisor of 15 Ph.D. graduates. She is the author of around 75 papers in scientific journals and two books, including « Fast Track to Forcing », Cambridge University Press 2020. She is a member of the Bosnian Academy of Sciences and Arts, ANUBiH.
Beth Epstein, Ph.D. | Anthropology
Professor Epstein is Associate Director for Academic Affairs at NYU Paris, and Associate Faculty at The Gallatin School. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from NYU where she also studied in the Program in Culture and Media. Her research focuses on the politics of integration and immigration in France as well as on French and American perspectives on race. Recent publications include Collective Terms: Race, Culture and Community in a State-Planned City in France (Berghahn Books 2011), “Redemptive Politics: Racial Reasoning in Contemporary France,” Patterns of Prejudice, 2016, and “Promise Postponed: Republican Values, Social Exclusion, and the French banlieue”, International Social Science Journal, 2017.
Ariane Fennetaux, Ph.D. | Fashion
Ariane Fennetaux joined NYU Paris in 2017 where she's been teaching the Fashion and Power course. An Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and Courtauld Institute of Art (London) Alumna, Ariane's research focuses on various aspects of dress and material culture. She has edited several books including in 2015 The Afterlife of Used Things, Recycling in the Long 18th century, published by Routledge. In 2019 she co-authored with Barbara Burman, The Pocket: a Hidden History of Women’s Lives 1660-1900, published by Yale University Press.
Denis Ferré, M.A. | History
Denis Ferré has the Agregation of History, France's highest teaching degree. He holds an MA in contemporary history with a concentration on teaching the French Revolution, and an MA in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (his thesis was on the sociological study of the socialist party representatives). He has extensive experience teaching for the French national high school system and is a senior lecturer, a graduate student supervisor, and a student advisor for NYU in France, which he joined in January 2000. He also teaches for Tufts University in Paris and for the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Fontainebleau. He teaches in English at the University of South California in Paris. His last book was published in March 2023: "La démocratie française de la Révolution au 49.3", éditions Eyrolles.
Alfred Galichon, Ph.D. | Director of NYU Paris
Alfred Galichon is the director of NYU Paris and a professor of economics (Arts & Science) and of mathematics (Courant Institute) at New York University. His research interests lies at the intersection of economics, mathematics, and data science. He is the author of a monograph and about forty research articles that have appeared in prestigious journals. He is a co-editor of Economic Theory and he has served as the principal investigator of grants under the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Alfred holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Corps des Mines. He is a “Young leader” of the French-American foundation, and a past recipient of the Edmond Malinvaud prize.
Badis Hammi, Ph.D. | Computer Science
Badis Hammi holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Troyes University of Technology, France. His research interests are cybersecurity, network security, and intrusion detection systems.
Joachim Lebovits, Ph.D. | Mathemathics
Joachim Lebovits holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics, Sorbonne University (former University Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie) and École Centrale Paris, his research interests are Probability and their applications, such as Mathematical Finance and Biology.
Marie Lepetit | Interdisciplinary Art Pratice
Marie Lepetit is the Director of the Art Center in Amiens (France) where she oversees its academics and administratives activities and develops relationships with local and national artists building exhibitions and teaches workshops. This Art Center's mission is developping a human culture for all, and creating a diverse space for individuals from very broad horizons to meet.
Outside of teaching at NYU Paris and directing the Amiens Art Center, she continues her work, drawing and painting, and participates in many exhibitions in France and abroad. Her current research project investigates the connection of painting, drawing and digital.
Before joining NYU, she taught painting and drawing at the Amiens University (UPJV), France.
Anna Lesne, Ph.D. | Field Research
A researcher in postcolonial studies, Dr. Anna Lesne has studied representations of place and collective identity in scientific and literary texts produced in and on the French Caribbean, and the role played by writers and public intellectuals, including Aimé Césaire and Edouard Glissant.
She’s developed an interest in critical geography while teaching at NYU. She now studies issues of power, inequalities, discriminations and resistance in global cities, in particular Paris.
These are key topics in her Experiential Learning seminars for GLS students, along with research methods. She also teaches the Internship Seminar, where students develop a research project based on a fieldwork experience (a two-month internship in Paris).
Before teaching at NYU, Anna Lesne has lived on four continents, taught in a few universities and been a journalist for five years.
She has a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Université de Provence and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne.
Philippe Lusson, Ph.D. | Philosophy
|Philippe Lusson works in the philosophy of action, decision-making, willpower, and collective action, with side-interests in political philosophy. Born in Strasbourg, he studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris before completing his PhD at NYU. He settled back in Paris in late 2014 and has presented his work at conferences throughout Europe. His other interests include contemporary and 20th-century classical music, architecture and algebra. He makes his own bread and enjoys anything else he can do and not take seriously.|
Elizabeth Molkou, Ph.D. | Language, Civilization, and Literature
Elizabeth Molkou received her Ph.D. in French from McGill University in Canada. She currently teaches French language, civilization, and literature at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”) as well as French language for the Stanford Program in Paris. Her research interests include autobiographical theory, autofiction in contemporary French literature, and the representation of Paris in contemporary fiction; her critical writing is informed by an interest in the relationship between language and identity. In 2010, she published Identités juives et autofiction: de la Shoah à la post-modernité at Editions Universitaires Européennes.
S. Romi Mukherjee, Ph.D. | Sociology and History of Religions
S. Romi Mukherjee is a sociologist and historian of religion whose current research asks how the wisdom traditions and the history of philosophy can be marshalled to engage with the pressing crises of our current moment. In a broader sense, he is interested in rethinking the thresholds of the political from within the interstices of the social sciences and the humanities, or rather, from within the interval between praxis and “philosophy as a way of life.”
Previous to coming to NYU-Paris, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre Interdisciplinaire pour la Recherche Comparative en Sciences Sociales (2007-2009) where he worked on a series of European Commission research projects (Framework 7) concerning sustainable diversity, the future of the social sciences, and collective memory.
He was also a researcher and consultant at UNESCO in the Social and Human Sciences Sector (2009 - 2014) where he worked on issues pertaining to Ethics and Global Change, including the anthropology of technology, the Anthropocene and the humanities, and the implications of the information society. He is also visiting lecturer in the Political Humanities at Sciences Po – Paris.
Committed to radical interdisciplinarity and transversal approaches to politics, critical theory, and philosophy, he has published widely on inter alia the French Republic and its discontents, Buddhist philosophy, globalization 3.0, the ethics of climate change, the psychology of terrorism, political theology, Georges Bataille, George Orwell, Frantz Fanon, and Gilles Deleuze.
Selected monographs and edited volumes include: Durkheim and Violence (Blackwell, 2010), Social Memory and Hypermodernity (Blackwell, 2012, with Éric Brian and Marie Jaisson), and Nouveaux visages du religieux dans un monde sécularisé (Karthala, 2015, with Lionel Obadia).
At NYU-Paris, he teaches the “Global Media Seminar: Media, Culture, and Politics in France” and “What is Technology; Critical Approaches to ‘Man,’ Machines, and Material Culture.” He is also the Faculty Sponsor for NYU-Paris’ Poetry Workshop.
Khoi Nguyen, Ph.D. | Mathematics
Khoi Nguyen is a mathematician and a programmer. He holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and obtained his PhD from Imperial College in 2016.
Claire de Obaldia, Ph.D. | Comparative Literature
With 2 degrees in German and Hispanic studies from the Sorbonne (Paris IV), and a Masters and Doctorate in Comparative Literature from Oxford (English, French, German, Spanish), Claire de Obaldia has taught comparative literature at Oxford, Geneva, the Sorbonne, and different American universities in Paris and London since the 1990s. In 2000 she also became a certified teacher of the FM Alexander Technique (somatic education), combining her academic activity with that of teaching Alexander’s work both privately and on teacher training courses in Paris and London.
Her publications include The Essayistic Spirit (Oxford University Press, 1995); L’Esprit de l’essai, de Montaigne à Borges (Coll. Poétique, Seuil, 2005); «Floating Islands », an essay on philosophies of education in : Alexander in Context (Hite, London 2014) ; « Emerging Selves », in : Alexander Life Stories (Alexander Trust, London, 2016) .
Cécile Petit, M.A. | French Language
After a degree in German and a degree in Language Sciences, Cécile Petit turned to teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE) and obtained a University Diploma in Language Didactics and a Master 2 in French Didactics Research. and Languages at the Sorbonne Nouvelle.
Since 2008, she teaches FLE at NYU Paris at various levels.
During her career, she has also taught at the Sorbonne, The American University of Paris, Parsons Paris and Stanford University Program in Paris.
Martial Poirson Ph.D. | Cultural Studies
Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay Saint-Cloud alumn and Associate Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, and habilitated to direct research at Paris 10 University, Martial Poirson is professor of cultural history, literature and theatrical studies at Paris 8 University, where he directs the team "History, politics and socio-economics of arts, culture and creation." He is also a lecturer at New York University Paris and works in several grandes écoles (Sciences Po, ESSEC, Audencia). He was in charge of mission at the National Library of France, the Comédie-Française and the French National Agency for Research.
He has published several books, including Spectacle et économie à l’âge classique (Classiques Garnier, 2011), Les Audiences de Thalie (Classics Garnier, 2013), Économie du spectacle (Puf, "Que-sais-je?", 2013 with I. Barbéris), Politique de la représentation (Champion, 2014), Comédie-Française : une histoire du théâtre (Seuil, "Fine Books", 2018, with Agathe Sanjuan) and Manuel des Etudes Theatrales (Armand Colin, 2019). He has coordinated more than thirty books on theater, literature, cinema, museums, political economy or popular culture. He is also curator of exhibitions in France (Museum of the French Revolution, Versailles Museum, Conciergerie) and abroad (Switzerland, Canada), playwright, artistic consultant and consultant in the management of culture and arts. He has been teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs of NYU since 2002, where he currently teaches the course on contemporary France (generation, class, gender, race) and the history of Versailles.
Ludovic Sardain | Music and Choir
Ludovic Sardain is a pianist, composer, and choir conductor. As a pianist, he specializes in chamber music and vocal accompaniment. In addition, he is also an independent game developer. He created DoSolFa, a smartphone game to learn or improve reading musical notes.
Léa Scattolin, M.A. | French Language
Léa Scattolin holds both an M.A. in French as a Foreign Language and an M.A. in Communications and Publishing from the University of Paris Sorbonne, which she combined with a third degree in Applied Foreign Languages (German, English and Polish) from the University of Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II.
She is fond of travelling and lived in Germany, Finland and Australia as a student. This is where she discovered her passion for teaching her mother tongue to foreign people.
Since then, she has taught in different Parisian schools for groups of international students from around the world, has led French language and civilization courses to Chinese students at the University of Paris XI and gained considerable practical work experience with American students abroad as both an Academic Coordinator and a French teacher for institutions such as UC, Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Carleton College. She has been teaching French Language courses at NYU Paris since 2012.
Laure Caroline Semmer, Ph.D. | Art History
After completing her Ph.D. at the Sorbonne, with a focus on Paul Cezanne Laure-Caroline Semmer has published several books on Impressionism and Post Impressionism in addition to contributing to various French publications. Her research focuses now on female artists and their impact on the art scene ( Pionnières, ces femmes qui ont fait l'art, Larousse 2022). She has taught in different programs such as Sciences Po and University of Connecticut before joining NYU Paris.
Delphine Stafford, M.A. | French Language
Delphine received her Master's Degree in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the University of Grenoble and was trained by the French Institute-Alliance française in Bruxelles. She had taught in different countries before joining the French Department at NYU New York in 2000. She is now the Language Coordinator at NYU Paris.
Christelle Taraud, Ph.D. | Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Christelle Taraud is a historian specializing in women, gender and sexuality in the Maghreb colonial context. She teaches in the Paris program at New York University and is an associate member of the Center d'histoire du XIXe siècle (Paris I-Paris IV). She is the author of La Prostitution Coloniale. Algerie, Tunisie, Maroc, 1830-1962, (Payot, 2003 and 2009) and Amour interdit. Prostitution, marginalité et colonialisme. Maghreb, 1830-1962 (Payot, 2012). She has co-directed Sex, Race and Colonies. La domination des corps du XVe siècle à nos jours (La Découverte, 2018).
David Uhrig, Ph.D. | French Studies
Acclaimed by Le Monde in 2017, David Uhrig's research on Maurice Blanchot’s political writings brought to light some of the most confidential texts of the 1930’s literary France (see Chroniques politiques des années trente, 1931-1940, Gallimard, 2017, 560 pages). David Uhrig's major research interests concern the impact of writing on politics, from journalism to literature. He taught French language and literature in the U.S. (University of Massachusetts Boston), in France (University of Paris-Nord and American University of Paris) as well as in the U.K. (University of Leicester) before joining NYU Paris in 2012.
Sarah Vaussier, M.A. | French Language
Sarah Vaussier is a phonetic and french teacher. After studying theater in Nanterre university, she holds a master in FLE (Français Langue Etrangère).
She has been teaching French as a foreign language at several institutions such as the Alliance française of Paris, Sciences Po, or Cours de Civilisation Fançaise de la Sorbonne.
She has a theater company and is also a theater teacher in Cours Florent.
Frédérique de Vignemont, Ph.D. | Philosophy
Frédérique de Vignemont is a CNRS senior researcher in philosophy in Paris. She is the deputy director of the Jean Nicod Institute (Ecole Normale Supérieure) as well as a philosophy scholar in residence at NYU Paris. She is also one of the executive editors of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology. Her research is at the intersection of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Her major current works focus on bodily awareness, self-consciousness, and social cognition. She has published widely in philosophy and psychology journals on the first-person, body schema, agency, empathy, and more recently on pain. Her new book, Mind the Body (Oxford University Press, 2018), provides the first comprehensive treatment of bodily awareness and of the sense of bodily ownership, combining philosophical analysis with recent experimental results from cognitive science. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship after her PhD to work at NYU and she was the recipient of the 2015 Young Mind & Brain prize for her achievement in advancing our knowledge about mind and brain.
Gabriel Wick Ph.D. | Paris Architecture and Urbanism
Gabriel Wick teaches the Paris architecture and urbanism field-study which examines the development of the city’s urban form and architecture from the Gallo-Roman period to the present day. Born in England and raised in New York and Philadelphia, he worked in urban design and campus planning in New York and Paris before shifting his focus to the study of urban and landscape history. His fascination for cities, their form, social geography and architecture was honed during his undergraduate studies at NYU’s department of Fine Arts and the Gallatin School. He went on to train in landscape architecture at UC Berkeley and in landscape conservation at ÉNSA-Versailles. He completed his doctorate in history at the University of London – Queen Mary in 2017. His historical research focuses on the role that urban public spaces played in the political life of Paris and the French monarchy in the decades before the Revolution. His publications and curatorial projects build on his skillsets as a researcher, designer and draughtsperson to reconstitute lost eighteenth-century landscapes – most notably the gardens of Méréville, La Roche-Guyon, Monceau, and the domain of the Noailles in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. In 2017 he curated Hubert Robert et la fabrique des jardins (Château of La Roche-Guyon, 09/09/17– 11/26/17), the first monographic exhibition dedicated to the landscape gardens and ornamental ruins built by this enigmatic eighteenth-century painter and designer.