Professor of Political Science and American studies; Director of the Center for Urban Studies
Sorbonne-Paris IV University
Sophie Body-Gendrot graduated from Sciences-Po where she received her Ph.D. She holds an M.A in English and American studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She is Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne where she founded the Center for Urban Research in the Anglophone World that she chaired for twenty years. She held a lecturing position for fifteen years at Sciences Po and has taught, lectured and frequently researched abroad, in particular at NYU, New York and in Australia. She teaches at the school of information and communication (CELSA-Sorbonne), at NYU Paris and at the National School of Administration in Strasbourg.
She is currently a researcher at CNRS/ Cesdip/ Cesdip/French Ministry of Justice and has been a member of the European Group of Research into Norms/CNRS since 1994. Her research focuses on comparative urban policy, urban unrest, ethnic and racial issues and citizen participation. She was a member of the National Police Complaints Authority for five years. A former President of the European Society of Criminology (2008-2011), she is currently an expert adviser for the LSE in the Urban Age Program, for the Council of Europe and for the European Commission. With the Richard Rogers/LSE Team, she was involved in the elaboration of ideas for the Greater Paris (2008-2009). She was part of the Board of Trustees and of the Executive Committee of the Milton Eisenhower Foundation, Washington, D.C. (1998-2008).
She is Officer of the French Legion of Honour.
Her most recent work (author or co-editor) includes: The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology (2013); Globalization, Fear and Insecurity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); ‘Violence in the City:Challenges of Global Governance' in M. Kaldor and J. Stiglitz eds, A New Global Covenant. New York, Columbia University Press, 2013; Violence in Europe (Springer 2007); The Social Control of Cities ? Blackwell, 2000.