I was born and raised in Saint-Denis, France, but over the past 10 years, I lived in Paris, London, Louvain-la-Neuve, Leeds, York and Florence, before ending up in San Francisco – which I currently call home.
I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, and by courtesy, an Assistant Professor of Political Science. I am also Faculty Director of the newly established Stanford Basic Income Lab.
Before coming to Stanford, I completed my PhD in Political Philosophy within the School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy at the University of York (UK), and was then a 2014-2015 Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (Italy). My Undergraduate education was in Philosophy at Nanterre University in France, and I have a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Philosophy of Public Policy.
My interests lie at the intersection of Philosophy and Public Policy. I write on social justice in general, and in particular, on social egalitarianism, inequalities between age groups, and what it means to treat young people as equals.
My Book project investigates intergenerational inequalities and asks what governments owe to their young adults. Inequalities between generations crystallize political and economic tensions. I provide a critical framework that serves to distinguish between acceptable and objectionable inequalities between age groups. I engage with the normative aspects of youth disadvantage and evaluate suitable policies to alleviate youth unemployment, poverty and exclusion. In particular, I write on the policy proposals of the youth job guarantee, unconditional basic income, basic capital and the introduction of youth quotas in parliaments.
I am currently leading the Basic Income Lab – a new research and teaching initiative at Stanford. There is an increasing need for in-depth academic research on how to design a universal basic income and how to evaluate its implementation – assessing the visions that underpin unconditional cash, the political and economic feasibility of various proposals, as well as its strengths and weaknesses as a measure to alleviate poverty, precariousness and inequalities. Our new initiative serves to stimulate research on UBI, advise those developing UBI policies and carrying out UBI experiments, aggregate and disseminate research findings, and convene scholars, policy makers, and leaders in business, think tanks, nonprofits, and foundations around the politics of UBI.