Professor Sawyer is Director of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies, Chair of the History Department and co-founder of the History, Law, and Society program at The American University of Paris. Sawyer came to AUP from the University of Chicago center in Paris and the Ecole Normale Supérieure where he was lecturer in the final years of the preparation of his dissertation. After receiving fellowships from the EHESS, Fulbright, and Sciences Po, from 2005 to 2009, Sawyer served as part-time assistant to Pierre Rosanvallon at the Collège de France. A specialist in political history and theory, Sawyer earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. He has published seventy some articles and book reviews, in six countries and leading journals including The American Historial Review, Les Annales HSS, The Journal of Modern History, The European History Quarterly and The Tocqueville Review. Sawyer began his appointment as the Associate Editor for the English version of the Annales HSS and member of the journal's editorial board in 2012. In 2015, he became Directeur des publications ofThe Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville. He is currently completing a manuscript for University of Chicago Press,Demos Assembled: French Liberalism and International Origins of the Modern State, 1840-1880. He also co-edited a volume on Boundaries of the State in US History with Jim Sparrow and William Novak in 2015 and a volume on In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-Totalitarianism and Intellectual Politics in France since the 1950s with Iain Stewart in 2016. His translation of Michel Foucault's lectures Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling (University of Chicago Press) appeared in 2014.

Cynthia Fleury is a teacher-researcher in political philosophy and a psychoanalyst. She is a professor at the American University of Paris, and carries out her research at the Conservation Laboratory of Species, Restoration and Monitoring of Populations, National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on democratic regulation methods. She is the author of several works: Dialoguer avec l’Orient (PUF, 2003), Les pathologies de la democratie (Fayard publications, 2005; Livre de poche 2009) and La fin du courage (Fayard publications, 2010; Livre de poche publications, 2011).

She also teaches at the Ecole Polytechnique and at Sciences Po (Paris). She was chairwoman of the NGO Europanova, and has organized the Etats Généraux de l'Europe (the largest assembly of the European civil society). She is currently the Vice-Chairwoman of the Roosevelt group. She has recently been named to the National Ethics Advisory Committee (CCNE) and is its youngest member. She is founder and member of the European branch of the UNESCO International Network of Women Philosophers. As psychoanalyst, she endorses ICCARRE (a procedure for treating AIDS patients in remission) and is a member of the SAMU medical and psychological emergency unit.