Jérôme Baudry

Jérôme Baudry



PhD Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (2014) & PhD Harvard University (2015)

Research interests

Jérôme Baudry’s research focuses on the history and sociology of technology. Within the research group “Rethinking Science and Public Participation,” he studies the social forms and technologies of participation in distributed computing and crowdsourcing.

Jérôme also works on the history of intellectual property, especially patents, and on textual and visual representations of technology. In his EHESS dissertation, he studied the creation and implementation of the French patent system during its first 50 years of existence (from 1791 to 1844), showing how textual and visual representations of inventions shaped the emerging categories of intellectual property. His Harvard dissertation took a broader view of the representations of technical objects, inside and outside IP, between 1750 and 1850.

Jérôme Baudry is a fond user of quantitative and digital methods, such as prosopography or textual analysis. He has taught history and sociology at Sciences Po Paris, École Normale Supérieure (Cachan) and Harvard University. He is currently in charge of an introductory class to the history and sociology of science and technology at the University of Geneva.


Baudry J, Tancoigne E and Strasser B (forthcoming), “From Crowd to Community: Architecture and Ideology of Three Online Citizen Science Platforms” (in preparation)

Baudry J (forthcoming), “The Return of the Crowd. A Symptomatic Reading” (in preparation)

Baudry J (forthcoming), “Examining Inventions, Shaping Property: The Savants and the French Patent System” (submitted to History of science, in revision)

Baudry J (forthcoming), “A Politics of Intellectual Property. The French Revolution and the Creation of a Patent System” (submitted to Technology & Culture, in revision)

Strasser B, Baudry J, Mahr D, Sanchez G and Tancoigne E (forthcoming), “”Citizen science”? Rethinking Science and Public Participation” (submitted to S&TS, in revision)

Baudry J (2017, in press), “Les paradoxes du droit français des brevets à l’international (fin XVIIIe-début XIXe siècle),” In: Virginie Albe, Jacques Commaille and Florent le Bot (ed.), L’échelle des régulations, XVIIIe-XXe siècles, Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes.

Baudry J (2017), “Écrire et dessiner l’invention : les brevets et la technologie en France et aux États-Unis,” In: Guillaume Carnino, Liliane Hilaire-Pérez, Jochen Hooch and Joost Mertens (ed.), La technologie générale. Johann Beckmann, Entwurf der allgemeinen Technologie / Projet de technologie générale (1806), Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp. 175-195.

Baudry J (2017), “Publier les brevets d’invention: la Description des machines et procédés (France, 1791-1844)”, In: Liliane Hilaire-Pérez (ed.), Le livre et les techniques, Paris: CNRS Editions, pp. 241-252.

Baudry J (2016), “Rencontres et politique de la technique en Amérique du Nord,” In: Guillaume Carnino, Liliane Hilaire-Pérez and Aleksandra Kobiljski (ed.), Histoire des techniques et histoire globale, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, pp. 231-243.

Baudry J (2015), “L’échec et les brevets d’invention (France, 1791-1844)”, In: Natacha Coquery and Mathieu Oliveira (ed.), L’échec a-t-il des vertus économiques?, Paris: Comité d’histoire économique et financière de la France, pp. 47-56.

Baudry J (2015), The Order of Technological Knowledge. Crafting a New Language for Technology in France, 1750-1850. Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University.

Baudry J (2015), translation of David Armitage and Jo Guldi, “The return of the longue durée. An Anglo-American perspective” as “Le retour de la longue durée. Une perspective anglo-américaine,” Annales. Histoire, sciences sociales, 70/2, pp. 298-318.

Baudry J (2014), “Propriété industrielle”, In: Pierre-Marie Chauvin, Michel Grossetti and Pierre-Paul Zalio (ed.), Dictionnaire sociologique de l’entrepreneuriat, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, pp. 462-473.

Baudry J (2014), Une histoire de la propriété intellectuelle. Les brevets d’invention en France entre 1791 et 1844: acteurs, catégories, pratiques. Ph.D. dissertation, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.