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Annabelle Allouch

Visiting Scholar 2015-2016

Residency Dates: September – November 2015


Annabelle Allouch

Allouch is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Picardy-Jules Verne, France, and a Research Affiliate at Sciences Po, France. Her current research interests include sociology of education and sociology of elites in Europe, and criteria for admissions and selection in British and French higher education.

At the Center, Allouch will focus on the sociology of admissions in higher education in Great Britain, France and the United States. While most available studies in sociology consider admissions as a “rite of passage,” Allouch’s research will show that students who gain admission have already undergone a long process of valuation and assessment before being admitted to university. She will also examine how this valuation process has affected underprivileged and minority students.

Allouch received her Ph.D. in Sociology at Sciences Po in 2013. She also holds degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Sciences Po Strasbourg, Sorbonne University, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Visiting Scholar 2015-2016, CES, Harvard University

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Areas of Expertise:

Higher Education

Economic Sociology

Sociology of Elites


Research Topic:

Beyond Merit, Rite of Passage and Self-Censorship: Admissions, Valuation and the Circulation of Academic Judgment in Elite Higher Education