Jean-Pascal Daloz is a comparativist specialising in the study of elites. His research mainly focuses on the comparative analysis of social distinction and on the symbolic dimensions of political representation. – He is currently CNRS Research Professor at the University of Strasbourg, after having previously worked in sub-Saharan Africa – where he was consecutively in charge of the Nigerian and Southern branches of French Research Centres –, at the Bordeaux Institute of Political studies, at the University of Oslo and at the University of Oxford (2007-2011) where he was attached to the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Maison française and Saint Antony’s College. He has also held visiting professorships or fellowships at the Universities of London, Helsinki, Tampere, Uppsala, Colorado and Washington State. – He has a substantial research and publications record in both Comparative Politics and Comparative Sociology. He has published 13 books to date, including the bestselling Africa Works: Disorder as Political Instrument (Oxford: 1999); Culture Troubles: Politics and the interpretation of meaning (Chicago: 2006) co-authored, and more recently The Sociology of Elite Distinction: From theoretical to comparative perspectives (New York: 2010) as well as Rethinking Social Distinction (New York: 2013) where he challenges universalising grand theories while providing new foundations for the study of this important subject. – He joined RC 20 in 2001, was elected President in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.