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Charles Bosvieux-Onyekwelu

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

Area(s) of Interest

Sociology of Elites, Pro Bono Work, Public Service, Sociology of Work, Sociology of the Professions, Policy Analysis, Sociology of Law, Geometric Data Analysis, Gender and Feminist Legal Theory


Charles Bosvieux-Onyekwelu received his PhD in Sociology from Université Paris-Saclay. Based on archival research and on a prosopographical enquiry enhanced by geometric data analysis, his doctoral dissertation provides a social history of the idea of public service during the French Third Republic (1870-1940). Dr Bosvieux-Onyekwelu's broader research spans the sociology of elites, the sociology of law and policy analysis. He is interested in the process, both historical and contemporary, of elites' legitimisation and domination. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris since September 2017. His current research focuses on pro bono practice in global law firms; it sticks to an international comparison between France and the United States, and combines a sociology of law, a sociology of work and of the professions and a sociology of capitalism approach.

Dr Bosvieux-Onyekwelu has held teaching positions at the University of Cambridge, the Sorbonne and Sciences Po.

He is currently a Fulbright scholar.

Recent Publications

"The Gender of Human Rights: the French Debate over ‘ les droits de l'Homme’" in Human Rights as Battlefields: Changing Practices and Contestations, edited by Gabriel Blouin-Genest, Marie-Christine Doran and Sylvie Paquerot, New York, Springer, 2018, p. 31-51

"Le service public au Conseil d’État : comment un grand corps se professionnalise en captant une idée (1872-1940)" ["Professionalising a Grand Corps by Capturing an Idea: Public Service at the French Conseil d’État (1872-1940)"], Sociologie du travail, volume 60 (4), 2018

Croire en l’État. Une genèse de l’idée de service public en France (1873-1940) [Believing in the State: a Social History of French Public Service (1873-1940)], Vulaines-sur-Seine, Éditions du Croquant, "Sociologie historique" Collection, 2018 [forthcoming]

"Multinacionais do direito, escritórios de advocacia e pro bono: elementos para uma análise comparativa dos campos jurídicos francês e americano" ["Law Firms and Lawyers’ Pro Bono Practice: a Comparative Approach to US and French Legal Fields"], Revista Debates, volume 12 (3), Special Issue “Internacionalização e Poder de Estado” (edited by Yves Dezalay, Fabiano Engelmann and Antoine Vauchez), 2019 [forthcoming] 

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