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Patrick WEIL

University of Paris1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Department of History
9 rue Malher, 75004 Paris (France)
Tel (Landline): (33.1) 43 26 81 78
Emails: weil@univ-paris1.fr and patrick.weil@yale.edu


Since October 1, 1994: Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), Centre d’Histoire Sociale du 20ème Siècle, université de Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

May 1, 1985- September 30, 1994: chargé de mission at Sciences Po Paris

October1982- April 1985: in charge of small business development, French Ministry of Industry

May 1981 –September 1982: Chief of Staff of the under secretary of State in charge of Immigration

Other Academic Positions

. Since 2008: (except in 2011) visiting professor of Law at Yale Law School, fall semesters

. Since 2007: Professor at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris and at the Paris School of Economics.

. Fall 2011: visiting professor of Law at NYU Law School

. 1984-1999: Professor at the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris.

Policy Activities

.Member of the Governmental Advisory Council on Integration (Haut Conseil à l’Integration), (from 1996 to 2002), President of the interministerial group on Immigration Statistics from 1998 to 2002.

. Mission and report on immigration and nationality policy reform for Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (1997).

.Member of the Presidential Commission created by President Jacques Chirac on the ‘Implementation of the principle of Secularism within the French Republic’ (2003).

Non Governmental Organizations:

Bibliothèques sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders): Founder (in 2007) and Chairman.

Humanity in Action (France): Founder (in 2005) and Honorary Chairman since 2007.


. BA in Public Law, University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, 1977.

. Master of Business Administration (ESSEC), 1980.

. PhD in Political Science 1988. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. « Analysis of a Public Policy: the French Immigration Policy between 1974 and 1988 ».
. Habilitation à diriger des recherches in Political Science, 1990.


Books :

The Sovereign Citizen: Denaturalization and the Origins of the American Republic (Penn Press,

Être français. Les quatre piliers de la nationalité (Being French, The Four Pillars of the French Nationality) Editions de l’Aube, 2011, pocket edition, 2014.

How to be French, Nationality in the Making since 1789, translation by Catherine Porter, Duke University Press, 2009.

Liberté, Egalité, Discriminations, l’identité nationale au regard de l’histoire (Liberty, Equality, Discriminations, National Identity through the prism of History) Paris, Grasset, 2008.

La République et sa diversité (The French Republic and its Diversity), Paris, Seuil, 2005

Qu’est ce qu’un Français? Histoire de la nationalité française depuis la Révolution, Paris, Grasset, 2002, François Furet Prize 2002 ; 2003 Prize of the best book in modern History (1789-1914) H Soc u Kult (Germany).

La France et ses Etrangers : L’aventure d’une politique de l’Immigration de 1938 à nos jours (France and its foreigners : The adventure of an Immigration Policy since 1938), Gallimard, Paris, 1991. 1995 and 2005 for the pocket editions (French Parliament Prize, 1992).

Edited Volumes

Politiques de la laïcité au 20ème siècle, (Politics of Laicité in 20th century France ed.), Paris, PUF, 2007.

Co-ed. with Philip L. Martin and Susan F. Martin (eds.), Managing Migration, the promise of cooperation, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2006.

Co-ed. with Marie-Claude Blanc-Chaléard and Stéphane Dufoix, L’Etranger en questions, du Moyen Age à l’an 2000, Editions Le Manuscrit, Paris, 2005.

Co-ed. with Stéphane Dufoix, L’esclavage, la Colonisation et après… ? (France, Etats-Unis, Grande-Bretagne), (Slavery, Colonization and after, France, United-States, United Kingdom) PUF, Paris, 2005

Co-ed. with Andreas Fahrmeir and Olivier Faron, From Europe to North America, Migration Control in the Nineteenth Century, Berghahn Books, New York & London, 2003.

Co-ed. with Randall Hansen, Dual Nationality, Social Rights and Federal Citizenship in the U.S. and in Europe, The Reinvention of Citizenship, New York, Oxford, Berghan Press, 2002

Co-ed. with Randall Hansen: Towards a European Nationality. Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality Law in the EU, Houndmills: Macmillan, 2001.

Rapports au Premier Ministre sur les législations de la nationalité et de l’immigration, Paris, La Documentation Française, 1997.

Articles (since 2002)

Citizenship, Passports, and the Legal Identity of Americans: Edward Snowden and Others Have a Case in the Courts, 123 YALE LAW.JOURNAL FORUM, 565 (2014)

Headscarf versus Burqa: Two French Bans with Different Meanings, in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival, Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld ed., Oxford University Press, 2014, 196-215.

Voile et Burqa en France, Deux lois d’interdiction aux sens différents in Religieux, Société civile, Politique (Ed. Jacques Ehrenfreund et Pierre Gisel), Lausanne, Editions Antipodes, 2012) pp.83-114.

Access to Citizenship. An international comparison. Dans The Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook, dir. Christian Kalin, Ideos Verlag, Zurich, 2012, 115-145.

“From conditional to secured and sovereign: The new strategic link between the citizen and the nation-state in a globalized world”, International Journal of Constitutional Law (2011) 9(3-4): 615-635.

“All or Nothing? What the United States Can Learn from Europe as It Contemplates Circular Migration and Legalization for Undocumented Immigrants” German Marshall Fund Immigration Paper Series 13 (2010), 14p.

With Son-Thierry Ly, « The Anti-racist Origins of the American Immigration Quota System. » Social Research, Volume 77, Number 1 (Spring 2010).

Bringing in the Banlieues, The American Interest, Spring Vol. IV, n°4, (March/April) 2009, pp. 62-68.

The Politics of Memory: Bans and Commemorations, in Extreme Speech and Democracy, Ivan Hare and James Weinstein ed., Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 562-579.

« Why the French Laïcité is Liberal, Cardozo Law Review, June 2009, Vol. 30, Number 6, 2699-2714.

L’”identité nationale” au regard de l’histoire, in A chacun ses étrangers, France Allemagne de 1871 à aujourd’hui, dir. Marianne Amar, Marie Poinsot et Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, Actes Sud/CNHI, 2009, pp. 49-56.

Politique de la mémoire : l’interdit et la représentation, Esprit, février 2007, pp.124-142.

La loi de 1905 et son application depuis un siècle, (the Separation between Churches and State 1905 Act an its implementation since one century) in Patrick Weil, Politiques de la laïcité au XXe siècle (dir.), Paris, PUF, 2007, pp.9-43.

« Wie wird man Franzose ? der Sonderweg des französischen Staatsbürgerschaftsrechts », in Rudolf von Thadden, Steffen Kaudelka, Thomas Serrier, Europa der Zugehörigkeiten, Integrationswege zwischen Ein – und Auswanderung, Göttigen, Wallstein verlag, 2007, pp.81-93.

“A nation in diversity”, in Jonathan Jansen (ed.), Critical Perspectives on Islam and the Western World, The Rosen Publishing group, New York, 2006.

With Alexis Spire, “France”, in Rainer Bauböck, Eva Ersbǿll, Kees Groenendijk & Harald Waldrauch (eds), Acquisition and Loss of Nationality, vol2, Amsterdam University Press, 2006, pp. 187-211.

« Immigration: a flexible Framework for a Plural Europe” in Anthony Giddens, Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle, Global Europe, Social Europe, Polity Press, 2006, Cambridge, Royaume-Uni, pp.229-243.

With T. Alexander Aleinikoff, “Citizenship”, in Europe and the Immigrants in the 21st century. A new deal or a continuing dialogue of the deaf? Lisbon, Publication of the Luso-American Foundation, 2006, pp. 53-71.

Biographical Note on Pierre Tissier, In De Gaulle Dictionary, Paris, Robert Laffont, Coll. Bouquins, 2006, p. 1112-1113.

« Le statut des musulmans en Algérie coloniale : une nationalité française dénaturée » (the status of Muslims in Colonial Algeria) in Histoire de l’islam et des musulmans en France, dir. Mohammed Arkoun, préface Jacques Le Goff, Albin Michel, Paris, 2006, p.548-563.

Preface to Romain Garbaye, Getting into local power, the politics of ethnic minorities in British and French Cities, Blackwell, Oxford, 2005, pp. X-XIII.

« Le statut de la femme en droit de la nationalité. Une égalité tardive” (Women status in Nationality Laws: a belated equality) in Riva Kastoryano les codes de la différence, Race-origine-religion- France Allemagne-Etats-Unis, Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, 2005, p.123-143.

« Lever le voile » Esprit, janvier 2005, pp.45-53.

« Le statut des musulmans en Algérie coloniale, Une nationalité française dénaturée », in La Justice en Algérie 1830-1962, La Documentation française, Collection Histoire de la Justice, Paris, 2005, pp.95-109.

“The Return of the Jews in the nationality or in the territory of France (1943 – 1973) ”, in David Bankier (Ed.), The Jews Are Coming Back, The Return of the Jews to Their Countries of Origin after World War II, New York 2005, p.58-71.

“La storia della cittadinanza francese : una lezione per l’Europa ”, in Manuela Martini, Modelli di Cittadinanza in Europa, Istituto Gramsci Emilia-Romagna, 2004, pp.31-49.

«Lifting the veil, French Politics Culture and Society, Vol. 22 n°3, Fall 2004, pp.142-149.

«Citizenship, naturalization», in the Charles Scribner’s Sons New dictionary of the history of ideas, 2004

«Histoire et mémoire des discriminations en matière de nationalité française », 20ème Siècle, n°84, octobre-décembre 2004, pp.5-22.

« Races at the Gate: Racial Distinctions in Immigration Policy (1898-1965): A comparison between France and the United States » in From Europe to North America, Migration Control in the Nineteenth Century, idem, 2003, pp.368-402.

« Politique de l’immigration et gouvernance de l’opinion publique », in La gouvernance de l’opinion publique, Pierre Bréchon (dir.) Paris, L’Harmattan, 2003, p. 89-98.

« L’immigration », dans Le dictionnaire historique de la vie politique française (XX ème siècle), dir. J.-F. Sirinelli, PUF, Paris, nouvelle version 2003.

« La nationalité française (débat sur) » dans Le dictionnaire historique de la vie politique française (XX ème siècle), dir. J.-F. Sirinelli, PUF, Paris, nouvelle version 2003.

« L’accès à la nationalité: une comparaison de vingt-cinq lois sur la nationalité », dans Travaux du centre d’études et de prévision du Ministère de l’Intérieur, Nationalité et citoyenneté, nouvelle donne d’un espace européen, mai 2002, n°5, pp.9-28.

«Towards a Coherent Policy of Co-Development », in International Migration, vol. 40, n°3, Special Issue 1/2002, pp.41-56.

Other productions

Television Documentary:

De père en fils, la France et ses étrangers, co-author with Alain Wieder, Jean Claude Guidicelli, Capa productions 1993.

International Fellowships

Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C., 1995-1996
Research Fellow, Harvard University, 1996-1997
Research Fellow, European University Institute, fall 1997.
Visiting Professor, Northwestern University 1999.
Visiting Professor, Maastricht University (1996-2003).
Visiting Professor, New York University (Spring 2003).
King Baudouin Foundation Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Found of the United States, April-June 2004.
Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, fall 2005.
Visiting Professor, NYU Law School
Visiting Professor, Yale Law School, falls 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014.