01/06/2021 Apolline Tallandier awarded doctorate Apolline Taillandier doctorate

On May 28, 2021, Apolline Taillandier successfully defended her PhD in Political Science. In her thesis In the Name of Posthumanity: Visions and Justifications of Liberal Order in Contemporary Anglophone Transhumanism she proposes a contextualist analysis of transhumanism focusing on American, British, and transnational sites of liberal thought from the early 1960s onwards, and connecting the history of postwar Anglo-American liberal political thought with the history of Cold War science and technology.
... more on Apolline's thesis, also in French


Apolline Tallandier was a doctoral fellow at MaxPo from 2016 to 2020. In January 2021, she took on a position as postdoctoral research associate at POLIS (Department of Politics and International Studies) and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, and at the Center for Science and Thought at the University of Bonn. The 4-year position is based in the “Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence” program supported by the Thomas and Ulla Kolbeck Foundation. Apolline investigates the historical role of feminist thought and activism in the critique of computer technology and the remaking of artificial intelligence. In the context of rising concerns about the discriminatory and stratifying effects of AI, she will study the transnational circulation of ethics and gender justice norms and their reinterpretation by scientists and industry actors, focusing on European and US American sites of technical AI research.

06/11/2019 Career news fall 2019 van der Graaf






Three MaxPo doctoral fellows have important career moves to share. Congratulations!


Recent MaxPo doctoral graduate in Sociology Anne van der Graaf (2018) was accepted into the prestigious Graduate Programme of the European Central Bank (ECB). This two-year program for recent postgraduate degree holders provides participants with work experience and an insight into the ECB’s tasks and working methods. Participants also gain an overview of the policy-making processes at the ECB and are assigned an experienced staff member who will act as a mentor and provide guidance.


In September 2019 Andreas Eisl, MaxPo doctoral candidate in Political Science, began his post as research fellow on European economic policy at the Institut Jacques Delors in Paris, where he is part of a Horizon 2020 project entitled EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability (EU IDEA).


Following the successful defense of his dissertation in October 2019, MaxPo doctoral graduate in Sociology Francesco Findeisen is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée (CEE) at Sciences Po from September 2019 through February 2022. The fellowship is part of the international ORA-ESRC research project, co-directed by University College London, University of Amsterdam, and Sciences Po, entitled: What is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production (WHIG), which at Sciences Po is coordinated by Patrick Le Galès.


25/10/2019 Jenny Andersson receives substantial grant for research program on Neoliberalism in the Nordics Andersson


Jenny Andersson, Associate Fellow at MaxPo, has received a substantial grant of SEK 33,100,000 (approximately 3 million euros) from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. With this grant, she will conduct a research program on "Neoliberalism in the Nordics: Developing an Absent Theme" at Uppsala University in the coming years. The aim of the program is to develop an understanding of the role of the welfare state and a set of political alliances surrounding and including social democracy, not merely as the targets of neoliberal critique but as the vehicles of a specific Nordic variant of neoliberalism. By building a strong team of intellectual, conceptual, political, economic, social and cultural historians working across Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, the program will develop a new research theme around the expressions of neoliberalism in the Northern European periphery. Jenny Andersson was a co-director at MaxPo from 2015 to 2019 and is currently a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University.


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25/10/2019 Francesco Findeisen awarded doctorate Francesco Findeisen doctorate


Francesco Findeisen doctorate

Francesco Findeisen was awarded his doctorate at Sciences Po on October 25, 2019. In his thesis Financing Metropolitan Infrastructure Delivery: The Politics of Governance in London and New York City he analyzes the implementation of four infrastructure projects the two city’s transit and environment sectors to probe collective action capacities in metropolitan territories. He demonstrates that globalization opens structural opportunities for metropolitan governments to reassert policy authority within their territories and concludes that providing public infrastructures today requires state and local actors to create investment settings that forge meaningful relationships with large firms and investors between responsibilities, risks, and rewards. From 2014 to 2019, Francesco Findeisen was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris.

12/09/2019 On Thomas Piketty’s Political Science Piketty-lecture



In his forthcoming book Capital and Ideology (Harvard University Press 2020) Thomas Piketty examines the politics that have allowed inequalities to arise, be justified and sustained across history. A momentous analysis of epic proportions that was recently published in French as Capital et Idéologie (Seuil 2019), the book tackles some of the most fundamental themes in history and political science and challenges conventional wisdoms in both of these fields.


The political science of Thomas Piketty was the subject of a wide-ranging discussion in January 2019 during an event sponsored by MaxPo, the CEVIPOF, and the CEE. Piketty's analysis, which now constitutes the fourth part of his book, is dissected by Martial Foucault, Nonna Mayer, and Jan Rovny in a lively discussion available online.


Watch the podcast if you are wondering whether Thomas Piketty will transform the way political scientists see their own field, as Branko Milanovic suggests in a recent review.


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06/09/2019 Cornelia Woll Is MaxPo Co-Director Woll

As of September 2019, Cornelia Woll is the new co-director at MaxPo. Succeeding Jenny Andersson, she returns to the position she held from 2012 to 2015, co-directing the Center together with Olivier Godechot. Cornelia Woll is Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po and a researcher at the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE). Her work focuses on comparative and international political economy, in particular business-government relations and economic policy in Europe and the United States. At MaxPo, she will continue her research on the politics of finance, studying the dynamics of financial market regulation, the political influence of large companies and the constraints financialized economies place on political processes.


Before joining Sciences Po, Cornelia Woll was a postdoctoral and doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), Cologne. She holds a habilitation from the University of Bremen, a binational PhD from the University of Cologne and Sciences Po and a MA and BA from the University of Chicago. In 2018, she held the Alfred Grosser Chair of the Goethe University Frankfurt and was a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 2011/12.


Her books The Power of Inaction: Bank Bailouts in Comparison (2014) and Firm Interests: How Governments Shape Business Lobbying on Global Trade (2008) were both published by Cornell University Press. Other work has examined economic patriotism, dynamics of European integration and interest group politics.


Jenny Andersson stepped down from her co-directorship after four successful and productive years in order to pursue a long-term research stay at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden and Uppsala University. She remains CNRS Research Professor in the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) at Sciences Po, Paris, and an Associated MaxPo Fellow for the duration of the current research program.

06/09/2019 Jan Boguslawski and Mattia Lupi: Two new doctoral researchers Boguslawski



Two new doctoral researchers in Political Science arrived at MaxPo in September 2019. Jan Boguslawski obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History from University Col-lege London in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Economic Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015. He has also studied financial law at the Universi-ty of Warsaw. Before joining MaxPo, Jan worked as a political consultant in Warsaw. Jan’s doctoral research project at MaxPo will examine the impact of ideological factors upon the design of selected welfare policies in twenty-first century Poland, and explore how they have facilitated the local rise of household financialization. Mattia Lupi holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from LUISS University, Rome, and received a Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations from Roma Tre University. His research interests include political history, polit-ical economy and the politics of central banking. His research project aims to assess the interplay between the Bank of Italy and the political elite between the 1970s and early 1990s when major political, institutional, and financial changes occurred. In particular, he will study how the consolidation of the autonomy of Italy’s central bank in the face of the Treasury took place and how this influenced the historical development of Italy in the context of globalization and EU integration.

01/09/2019 New member on MaxPo's Joint Council: Florence Haegel Haegel

Florence Haegel, Director of the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), Sciences Po, Paris, is a new member member of the Joint Council of MaxPo. She replaces Patrick Le Galès, who withdrew from his role in June 2019. The Joint Council advises MaxPo directors on work at the Center as well as on the selection of research projects and staff.


06/02/2019 States, Sectors, Firms, Growth: PhD seminar May 21–23, 2019, in Paris MaxPo

MaxPo and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) are welcoming proposals from PhD students to participate in a doctoral seminar to be held on May 21–23 at Sciences Po in Paris. Taught in English by Professors Lucio Baccaro (MPIfG) and Olivier Godechot (MaxPo/Sciences Po) with additional invited senior guest speakers, the seminar is open to current PhD students. The primary goal of the doctoral seminar is to discuss new research directions regarding capitalism emerging from two disciplinary areas: economic sociology and political economy. A maximum of twenty students will be admitted to the seminar. Preference is given to students from Sciences Po, the IMPRS-SPCE, and their cooperation partners. No specific fees will be charged for the course, which is financed by a grant from the Université franco-allemande – Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (UFA/DFH).


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