Christian Topalov is a sociologist and a Directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He has taught in several universities in Brasil, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States. His research interests include the comparative study of reform and the sociology of early 20th century reformers in Britain, France and the U.S., the history of the social sciences in relation to reform, and the shaping of urban vocabularies. While at CIRHUS, he will advance his current project on the networks of New York City philanthropists and reformers in the Progressive era.
His publications include
Naissance du chômeur, 1880-1910 (Albin Michel, 1994) and
Histoires d’enquêtes. Londres, Paris, Chicago, 1880-1930 (Classiques Garnier, under press). Among his edited books :
Laboratoires du nouveau siècle (Editions de l’EHESS 1999),
La ville des sciences sociales (with Bernard Lepetit, Belin 2001) and
Divisions de la ville (Editions de la MSH 2002). He was in charge of the UNESCO-CNRS international research project « City Words », which gave birth to an encyclopedic study of the history of daily-life urban vocabulary in eight European languages :
L’Aventure des mots de la ville (Robert Laffont 2010). He recently edited the manuscripts and articles French sociologist Maurice Halbwachs wrote when he visited the University of Chicago in 1930 (
Ecrits d’Amérique, Editions de l’EHESS 2012).
April - May 2016