March 2013


Diversifying Educational Opportunity in France & The United States


As the U.S. Supreme Court examines the question of affirmative action in university admission with the case of Fisher vs. the University of Texas, the French-American Foundation explores approaches to increasing educational diversity and equality of opportunity in university settings. The recently contested affirmative action is one of numerous practices that have proven a highly controversial approach to expanding the opportunities to minority groups. Providing insights into French and American approaches will be Jessica Bulman-Pozen, Associate Professor of Law at Columbia University, and Daniel Sabbagh, Senior Research Fellow at CERI-Sciences Po, who worked closely with the French-American Foundation on its Equality of Opportunity program leading to the publication of the Equality of Opportunity Media Library in 2011.

Space is limited for this panel discussion, and a reservation is required. For more information, please contact Patrick Lattin at [email protected], or click here to RSVP.

About Jessica Bulman-Pozen

Jessica Bulman-Pozen joined the faculty in July 2012 as associate professor of law. She teaches and writes about administrative law, antidiscrimination law, constitutional law, and federalism. Before joining the Columbia faculty, she served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (2009-2011) and as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court (2008-2009) and Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2007-2008). She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and was awarded the Israel H. Peres Prize by the faculty for the best student note in the Yale Law Journal. She also earned an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University, where she won the Chauncey Brewster Tinker prize for the outstanding English major in the graduating class.

About Daniel Sabbagh

Formerly a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago and New York University’s Remarque Institute, Dr. Daniel Sabbagh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS). His current research interests focus on antidiscrimination and affirmative action policies, considered from a comparative and pluridisciplinary perspective. He is the author of L'Égalité par le droit: les paradoxes de la discrimination positive aux États-Unis (Paris, Économica, 2003), which received the François Furet Book Award and was partly published in English under the title Equality and Transparency: A Strategic Perspective on Affirmative Action in American Law (New York, Palgrave) in 2007. His other publications include articles in World Politics, Daedalus, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Political Science Quarterly. Along with sociologists Devah Pager and Agnès van Zanten, he chaired the academic board of the French American Foundation’s “Equality of Opportunity” program from 2006 to 2011. Along with legal scholar Gwénaële Calvès, he is the co-founder of the “Antidiscrimination Policies” seminar at Sciences Po, where he has been teaching since 1998. He is the former co-editor of Critique internationale, a peer-reviewed journal in comparative politics and international relations.


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