I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of International Relations at Sciences Po Saint-Germain (Cergy Paris University) and a researcher at Printemps (University of Paris-Saclay and CNRS). I teach theories of international relations, the politics of the European Union (EU) and the political economy of European security, which are the subjects of my research.
I obtained my PhD from SciencesPo in political science (international relations) in 2016 which won two thesis prizes in 2018: the first prize from the National Institute for Higher Defence Studies (IHEDN) and the Jean-Louis Quermonne prize from the French European Studies Association (AFEE).
During my doctoral studies, I was a Doctoral Research Fellow of the French Ministry of Defence (DGA-CNRS) and a Research Associate at the Strategic Research Institute of the Military School (IRSEM). I was also a Research Assistant at the Center of European Studies (CEE) at SciencesPo in Paris, and then, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).
Before my PhD, I spent a year as a research assistant in the Jean Monnet Centre in Montreal at McGill University and the Université de Montréal.
After my PhD, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford. I am also an Associate Member at Nuffield College and at the Maison française d’Oxford (MFO), and a Research Associate at the SciencesPo’s Center for International Research (CERI) in Paris. In the summer of 2018, I was a Visiting Researcher in the European and International Studies Departement at King’s College London.
I taught between 2008 and 2017 at SciencesPo (Paris), at Sciences Po Lille, at Ecole Polytechnique, at the Free University in Berlin and at the Université de Montréal.
My core research interests include British and French armaments policies, the defence industry in Europe and the politics of the EU. My work contributes to a political and historical sociology of world politics in international relations and EU theories.
My doctoral dissertation analyzes decision-making within the French defence procurement sector from the end of the Second World to the present. A ‘configurational’ model is developed, whereby the varying degree of social interdependence to be found within this sector is hypothesized to lead to different government procurement decisions. To empirically test the validity of this model, 161 semi-structured interviews were conducted on three case studies: the French combat aircraft Rafale, the multinational transportation aircraft A400M and the American Reaper drone.
My current research focuses on the decision-making dilemma of British defence procurement policy in the XXIst century, as well as the logic of differentiated European integration.
My first book, entitled Défense européenne: émergence d’une culture stratégique commune (‘European Defence: The Emergence of a Common Strategic Culture’) and published in 2016, offers both a constructivist and a sociological perspectives on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
I have also published, inter alia, in Etudes internationales, the European Review of International Studies, European Security, Les Champs de Mars, French Politics, Politique européenne and Revue internationale de politique comparée.