Page d'accueil de Gianluca Manzo
I am a professor of sociology at Sorbonne University. Before joining Sorbonne University in 2021, I was a research fellow in sociology at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) for about fourteen years as a member of the GEMASS (Groupe d’Etude des Méthodes de l’Analyse Sociologique de la Sorbonne), a research unit for which I served as deputy director in 2018 and 2019, and where I still lead the research axis on Social Mechanisms and Actors' Rationality.
From 2012 to 2016, and again from 2021 to 2025, I was a nominated member of the scientific committee for sociology and law (section 36) of the CNRS. In October 2021, I was elected as a fellow of the European Academy of Sociology.
I earned a B.A. in Sociology (2001) and a Ph.D in Epistemology and Methodology of Social Sciences (2006) from the University of Trento (Italy), as well as a M.Phil in Social Sciences and Philosophy of Knowledge (2002) and a Ph.D in Social Sciences (2006) from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. I obtained the Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR) in Social Sciences in July 2019 at Sorbonne University.
I held visiting positions and/or taught at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College), University of Oslo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Roma-La Sapienza, Columbia University, University of Mannheim, Instituto de Filosofía y Ciencias de la Complejidad (Santiago of Chile), University of Cologne, European University Institute, and University of Trento. In France, I taught as an external faculty at Sorbonne University between 2006 and 2020 and at EHESS (in collaboration with Ivan Ermakoff) from 2016 to 2018. From 2011 to 2014, I also was an international research affiliate at the Institute for Futures Studies (Stockholm).
I am the author of La spirale des inégalités (PUPS, 2009) and the editor of Analytical Sociology: Actions and Networks (Wiley, 2014). My work has appeared in several internationally well-established sociological journals including Sociological Methods and Research, European Sociological Review, European Journal of Sociology, Quality and Quantity, Comparative Social Research, and Revue Française de Sociologie. I also published in interdisplinary journals, like Social Science Information, and outside sociology, my research appeared in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory and the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.
My article "Educational Choices and Social Interactions: A Formal Model and a Computational Test" published in Comparative Social Research (2013) received in 2014 the Mathematical Sociology Outstanding Article Award by the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. My article "Analytical sociology and Its Critics" published in European Journal of Sociology (2010) was awarded in 2012 a “special mention of the jury” (“Best Junior Theorist Paper”) by the Sociological Theory Research Committee of the International Sociological Association.
I served as vice-president of the International Network of Analytical sociology (INAS) from June 2011 to June 2018, and was an international research affiliate at the Institute for Analytical Sociology (Linköping University, Sweden) between 2014 and 2021. I seated on the board of Sociological Theory (2010-2014) and Social Science Information (2014-2017), and currently seat on that of L’Année Sociologique.
In the following pages, I propose a little tour through my past and current research, publications, teaching, talks, and the debates in which I had the great opportunity to be involved over the years. I also highlight recent (past) and forthcoming events. My goal is to propose a coherent portrait of the sociological style that I like and that animates my sociological investigation of intriguing patterns of social life.