Dr Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche

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Faculty of Economics
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Cléo is an historian of social sciences, focusing on economics. She mainly works on the history of labor economics in the 20th century.   

After obtaining a PhD at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne with a thesis on the history of the economics of discrimination in the US, she spent several years researching the history of wages, measurement of human capital, and the role of economics and economists in the public sphere - essentially in the US and in the UK, in the interwar and postwar period. More broadly, Cléo is interested in the history of knowledge, the sociology of quantification, and the socio-history of expertise.

She is currently a postdoctoral research associate on the project Expertise Under Pressure, at CRASSH. She is studying the epistemic power of research tools in decision-making contexts. She focuses on the impact of quantitative analysis produced by economists in two contexts: public policy regarding cities, and labor disputes in courtrooms.

Prior to joining CRASSH, Cléo was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Walras-Pareto at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). She holds degrees in politics, economics and epistemology from Sciences Po Lille (France), the University of Pune (India) and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). 

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