Francois Bonnet (PhD, Sociology, Sciences Po Paris, 2006) is a CNRS assistant research professor at Pacte (Grenoble). His dissertation focused on the relationships between private guards and public officers in urban spaces such as shopping malls and railway stations in France and in Italy. It received the award for best dissertation in criminology. His work has been published in
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and a number of French journals. He has taught at Sciences Po, Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) and the University of Amsterdam. He currently works on a book manuscript on social order in East New York, a poor, majority-minority neighborhood in Brooklyn. The book is based on an ethnographic study of a Manhattan-based NGO working on prisoner reentry. The research started in 2006 during a stay at the department of sociology of Columbia University and explores issues related to non-profits, grassroots activism and community policing.