Isabelle Ferreras



University of Louvain/Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), 1993-2004

PhD in Sociology,Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Louvain (May 28, 2004)

Dissertation : « Le travail démocratique. Du caractère expressif, public et politique de l’expérience du travail dans les services. Le cas des caissières de supermarchés syndiquées en Belgique » (pp. 602 + annexes) this reads in English: Democratic Work. About the expressive, public, and political logic of work in the service industry. The case of unionized check-out clercks in Belgium.

Jury: Prof. Albert Bastenier (Chair), Prof. Jean De Munck, Prof. Michel Molitor, Prof. Russell Muirhead (Harvard), Prof. Patrizia Nanz (Bremen, Germany) (non-grading system)

1998-2001: Doctoral Program (course-work) (UCLouvain), Interdisciplinary Program “Norms, negotiation, and conflict” (organized by the Center for Philosophy of Law, UCLouvain)

1995-98: Licenciée in Sociology avec ‘la plus grande distinction’* (masters, summa cum laude)(June 1998), ranked top student of the class of 1998, thesis under the supervision of Professor Albert Bastenier “Le social des économistes –Enquête sur quelques représentations chez les économistes de la constitution de la société” (The economists’social fact The views of orthodox economists about the constitution of society)

*Only licencié (BA with Honors) in Sociology to receive the highest grade “la plus grande distinction” for the period 1992-93 to 1997-1998.

1993-95: 2 years of “candidatures” in the interdisciplinary program (college program):

Candidate in Economics, Social and Political Sciences (U.C.L.), with distinction (1994-95) et grande distinction (1993-94)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.), 2003-04

Master’s of Science in Political Science

Graduate Point Average: 5.0/5.0 (only student in the class to get a 5.0 average)

Classes with Professors Suzanne Berger, Joshua Cohen, Richard Locke, Michael Piore, Amartya Sen (through cross-registration at Harvard), Sarah Song.

Master Thesis: “On Economic Bicameralism”, Committee: Prof. Joshua Cohen (chair), Prof. Michael Piore. Grade: A

Isabelle Ferreras, On Economic Bicameralism, 2004, Cambridge MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Publ., Master Thesis, Online library:

Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.), 2005:

Harvard Trade Union Program Certificate (6-week executive program for union leaders, January-February 2005), Harvard Law School