Susan Silbey is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. She is one of the leading figures in contemporary American sociology.
For many years, she has been playing a prominent role in the development of the sociology of law in the United States and, more broadly, at the international level (besides being the author of renowned works, she is a former president of the prestigious Law and Society Association).
In this respect, she is one of the promoters of the legal consciousness approach, which partakes of a form of paradigmatic revolution: a vision of law as interwoven with the social replaces the idea of a causal relation between law and society.
This line of thought strongly appeals to our young colleagues, owing of course to the research prospects it opens up, but also thanks to the generous interest Susan Silbey shows in the studies carried out within the department of social sciences of the ENS Cachan.