MaxPo is led by two co-directors - Jenny Andersson and Olivier Godechot - who serve as research group leaders supervising up to three doctoral students. Both co-directors are professors at Sciences Po in Paris.
Jenny Andersson is an economic historian and CNRS Research Professor at the Center for European Studies (CEE), Paris. She is an ERC Principal Investigator of FUTUREPOL, a Sciences Po project on the political history of the future, knowledge production and future governance in the post-war period. At MaxPo, she directs a research group on the issue of elite and mass politics between 1970 and the present.
Jenny Andersson holds a PhD in Economic History from Uppsala University (2003). She was a post-doctoral fellow and a visiting scholar at the European University Institute, Florence, and at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
At MaxPo, she will continue her research on the role of the future for economic action and the conditions of political action for a post-crisis age, investigating forms of forecast, scenarios, and future anticipation in extending key forms of interests and value orders into time, and the role of forecasting expertise in this process. She will establish an interdisciplinary research group between history and political science examining the conditions of political action for a post-crisis age, focusing in particular on the effects of austerity on the Left–Right divide.opener
Olivier Godechot is an economic sociologist interested in the study of labor markets, especially finance and academic labor markets, as a means to understand the development of unequal exchange relations at work and their impact on the dynamics of inequality. At MaxPo, he directs a research group on the issue of financialization in modern societies, with a special interest in mobility in financial labor markets and their effects on broader inequalities.
He has studied the division of labor and ordinary rationalities in a trading room and compensation mechanisms in the financial industry. Extending his interest in labor markets to academia, he has also examined university hiring, in particular the impact of networks on recruitment. He has published four books on finance, labor markets, and traders.opener
MaxPo’s Associate Fellows are scholars whose work is tightly linked with the MaxPo research groups and who continue to develop its scientific activities in cooperation with the co-directors.
Marion Fourcade is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of Economists and Societies (Princeton University Press 2009) and currently works on classification and markets, with a specific focus on wine and credit. She was Co-Director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Centers on Coping with Instability in Market Societies between 2012 and 2013.
Cornelia Woll is a political scientist. Her research focuses on international and comparative political economy, in particular regulatory issues in the European Union and the United States. She has been Co-Director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Centers on Coping with Instability in Market Societies since its founding in 2012.