Didier Fassin is James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Laureate of the Advanced Grant “Ideas” of the European Research Council, he is currently conducting an ethnography of the state, exploring how institutions such as police, justice and prison treat immigrants and minorities in France. His recent publications include: De la Question Sociale à la Question Raciale? (with Eric Fassin, La Découverte, 2006) and Contemporary States of Emergency (with Mariella Pandolfi, Zone Books, 2010), as editor; When Bodies Remember. Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (University of California Press, 2007), Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present (University of California Press, 2011) and Enforcing Order. An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity Press, forthcoming), as author.
I think that it is an eminently interesting subject as racial discrimination is certainly viewed differently on the other side of the Atlantic. What a treat to hear a French specialist on the topic!