A Doctor in Political Science, Paula Cossart is now Assistant Professor in sociology at the University of Lille and Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She has been Research Assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University (2002-2004), Invited Scholar at New York University (2012) and Harvard University (2013). Her current research focuses on the historical sociology of participatory democracy.
Dr Cossart is particularly interested in the genealogy of deliberative devices. Among her publications are Vingt-cinq ans d'amours adultères: Correspondance sentimentale d'Adèle Schunck et d'Aimé Guyet de Fernex, 1824-1849 (Fayard, 2005); (with WM Keith) The Search for "Real" Democracy: Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation in France and the US, 1870-1940, in Kock Ch., Villadsen L. (ed.), Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation, Penn State University Press, 2012; (co-editor with J Talpin and WM Keith) La participation au prisme de l'histoire, issue of Participations. Revue de sciences sociales sur la démocratie et la citoyenneté, 2012.