François-Joseph RuggiuDirector of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, holder of a PhD in history and a university lecturer, François-Joseph Ruggiu teaches at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). A specialist in comparative history of family and societies in modern-age Europe, he also studies the history of American societies during the colonial period. Since 2010, François-Joseph Ruggiu has occupied several positions within the INSHS: Deputy Scientific Director overseeing the joint research units of sections 32, 33 and 39; technology transfer, communication, and scientific and technical information manager; Deputy Scientific Director in charge of the CNRS site policy and the creation of the Condorcet campus; before becoming head of the Institute in July 2017.


Research at Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS) laboratories constructs theories and analytical tools that are essential to explain and clarify the choices made by our societies. This research focuses on the study of humans which considered them to be the product of history, the creators of languages and signs, vectors of knowledge and cultures and actors in complex political, social and economic worlds. The INSHS's main role in the French humanities and social sciences landscape is to ensure that new fields of experience and thought emerge through the work of its laboratories.

Scientific themes

  • Ancient and medieval worlds
  • Modern and contemporary worlds
  • Language science 
  • Philosophical and philological science, art science
  • Sociology and legal science
  • Economics and management
  • Anthropology and comparative study of contemporary societies
  • Spaces, territories and societies
  • Politics, power and organisation

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