School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
#134 Overall Influence

School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences

French higher education institution

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences---or, in its French form, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)---traces its roots to a department within the earlier École Pratique des Hautes Études [Practical School of Advanced Studies], founded in 1868.

The EHESS became an independent institution in 1975. Today, the school provides graduate-level training and supports research in a wide variety of social-science disciplines, including economics and finance, applied mathematics and statistics, history, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, cognitive sciences, and several others.

EHESS is one of France’s system of independent grandes écoles [great schools], and thus the peer of such other respected and influential French institutions of higher learning as the École Normale Supérieure (a sort of institute for advanced study), the École Polytechnique (STEM fields), the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (medical training and research); the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (business school), and the École Normale d’Administration (training ground for most French public servants and politicians), among others.

Two of the most highly influential innovations in the social sciences over the past 70 years---the long-term social historiography practiced by the historians Lucien Febvre, Marc Bloch, and Fernand Braudel (the ”Annales school”), and the structuralist ethnographic and social analysis pioneered by the anthropologist Claude Lévy-Strauss---were both developed at the EHESS.

Two IHESS-associated economists are Nobel laureates, namely, Esther Duflo and Jean Tirole.

Other notable IHESS-connected persons include the following:

  • Czech novelist, Milan Kundera
  • Malian film director, Cheick Oumar Sissoko
  • Literary theorists, Roland Barthes & Algirdas Greimas
  • Classicists, Jean-Pierre Vernant & Pierre Hadot
  • Philosophers, Jean Hyppolite, Cornelius Castoriadis & Jacques Derrida
  • Psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan
  • Historians, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Jacques Le Goff, François Furet & Marcel Gauchet
  • Political scientists, Raymond Aron, Pierre Manent & Olivier Roy
  • Sociologists, Pierre Bourdieu, Edgar Morin, Annie Cohen-Solal & Alain Touraine
  • Anthropologists, Marcel Mauss, Louis Dumont & Maurice Godelier
  • Economist, Thomas Piketty
  • Cognitive neuroscientists, Jacques Mehler & Stanislas Dehaene

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#23 World Rank
Sociology
#25 World Rank
Anthropology
#42 World Rank
Economics
#45 World Rank
Philosophy
#64 World Rank
History
#80 World Rank
Literature
#99 World Rank
Political Science
#110 World Rank
Religious Studies
#129 World Rank
Psychology
#150 World Rank
Social Work
#168 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#183 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#204 World Rank
Mathematics
#349 World Rank
Biology
#357 World Rank
Computer Science
#387 World Rank
Education
#432 World Rank
Law
#523 World Rank
Physics
#527 World Rank
Communications
#556 World Rank
Business

Influential People

Who are School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences's Most influential alumni?

School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, and Economics. School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences’s most academically influential people include Bruno Latour, Thomas Piketty, and Esther Duflo.

Bruno Latour
Bruno Latour

French sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist

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Thomas Piketty
Thomas Piketty

French economist

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Esther Duflo
Esther Duflo

French economist

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Bernard Stiegler
Bernard Stiegler

French philosopher

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Jean Hyppolite
Jean Hyppolite

French philosopher

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Gabriel Zucman
Gabriel Zucman

French economist

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Alain Touraine
Alain Touraine

French sociologist

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Stanislas Dehaene
Stanislas Dehaene

French neuroscientist

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Gilles Kepel
Gilles Kepel

French academic

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Pascaline Dupas

French economist

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Laurent Thévenot
Laurent Thévenot

French sociologist

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Shlomo Sand

Israeli historian

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