Department: Foreign Language and Literatures
Bruno Perreau is an Assistant Professor of French Studies at MIT. He received his MA in European Studies from Loughborough University and PhD in Political Science from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He was awarded fellowships in gender studies from the European University Institute (Florence), the European Commission and Paris VIII Saint Denis University (VEIL research program).
Perreau was a member in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) in 2007-2008. He is currently a Newton Fellow in sociology at Cambridge University. Prior to joining MIT, Perreau taught constitutional law at Paris XII Val de Marne University and political science as well as gender and queer studies at Sciences Po Paris, where he was also an academic advisor for international students.
He is a member of the scientific board of Sciences Po's gender studies program (PRESAGE) and also serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Genre, sexualité et société.
Perreau's main research focuses are gender, sexuality and the production of citizenship in Twentieth century France as well as family policies, the institutions of the Fifth republic and, more recently, literature and postcolonial textuality. His forthcoming book Penser l'adoption (Presses universitaires de France, 2011) puts into question the institutional process for authorizing an adoption. It argues that institutions draw their authority from a heterosexual imaginary of the Nation, which is performed by means of a meticulous discursive control of the family.
He is also the author of Le Président des États-Unis (with Christine Ockrent, Dalloz, 2008), Le choix de l'homosexualité. Recherches inédites sur la question gay et lesbienne (EPEL, 2007) and Cinquante ans de vie politique française. Le débat sur la fin de la 5e République (Librio, 2007). He edited Homoparentalités. Approches scientifiques et politiques (with Anne Cadoret, Martine Gross and Caroline Mécary, Presses Universitaires de France, 2006) and Homosexualité. Vingt questions pour comprendre, dix textes à découvrir (Librio, 2005).