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WAISers: Tom Sancton



We welcome Tom Sancton to WAIS. The subject of his thesis "America in the Eyes of the French Left, 1848-1871", and indeed, the continuation of that topic down to the present, fit in perfectly with WAIS' concerns. Since he has now joined David Pike at the American University of Paris, WAIS is well-represented there. Here is Tom's bio:

THOMAS A. SANCTON joined the American University of Paris as a professor of journalism after a 22-year caeer as a writer, editor and foreign correspondent for TIME magazine. He served as TIME's Paris Bureau Chief from 1992 until 2001. Sancton is the author of more than 50 TIME cover stories and co-author of the international bestseller Death of a Princess: The Investigation (St. Martin's, 1998) and of Mikhail Gorbachev: An Intimate Biography (Time Books, 1988). Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1949, he was raised in New Orleans, graduated from Harvard University (American History and Literature, magna cum laude) and took a doctorate in European History at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. His Oxford thesis, "America in the Eyes of the French Left, 1848-1871," won the Gilbert Chinard* Award for studies in Franco-American history. When he is not teaching, giving commentary on French radio and television, or writing freelance pieces, Sancton can be found moonlighting in Parisian jazz clubs as a clarinettist and saxophonist. He is married and lives in Saint-Germain-en-Laye with his wife, Sylvaine, a painter and sculptor. They have two grown children, Julian and Sandrine, and two dogs.

* I knew Professor Chinard of Princeton University.

Ronald Hilton - 12/7/02


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