Frederic Salin is a political sociologist. He was a Visiting Scholar at the IFS where he taught courses on immigration and migration policies in contemporary France. He studied social sciences at the Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Ulm (Paris) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). For his graduate thesis, he combined quantitative and qualitative methods to study the access to law in French industrial courts. His current work focuses on the privatization of migration policy in France and on the relations between States, firms and associations. His areas of interest cover migration studies, epistemology of social sciences, ethnography, history and sociology of the State and the nation.