Born in 1951 in Paris, Christophe Charle studied at the Sorbonne and the ENS (Ulm). He was a Senior Researcher at the CNRS (1978-1991) and is professor of modern history in Lyon and at Université Paris 1 since 1993. He was Director of the Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine (CNRS, École normale supérieure) between 2000-2013. He earned the silver medal of the CNRS (2001). He was Senior Member of the Institut universitaire de France (2003-2013). His last books include: La Dérégulation culturelle, essai d’histoire des cultures en Europe au XIXe siècle (PUF, 2015); La Vie intellectuelle en France with L. Jeanpierre (Seuil, 2016).