Tristan Leperlier is a tenured research fellow at the French CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique). He is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, and Visiting scholar at Columbia university, ICLS. Trained in literature (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sorbonne), political sciences (Sciences Po) and sociology (Phd EHESS), he is a sociologist of literature and of intellectuals, using a genuinely interdisciplinary method (close reading, interviews, archives, statistics...).
He published Algérie, Les écrivains dans la décennie noire (CNRS Ed, 2018), a book dealing with political commitments and transnational literary productions of Algerian writers during the civil war of the 1990s. His research revolves around the issues of the postcolonial, transnational, plurilingual; the individual and institutional actors of the literary world (writers, publishing houses, literary agents, state institutions...); the relationship between the literary field and the political field; and his area study is mainly North Africa, at the crossroad of French and Francophone studies and Middle East Studies.
His current research is about the internationalisation of North African literatures (in Arabic, French and Tamazight), with focus on its importation into the USA. What are the motivations of the actors of this international circulation (literary agents, publishers, translators, academics...)? What is the relative position of French and American literary institutions with regards to the international recognition of these postcolonial literatures? In parallel, he coordinates an international survey on Literary Agents, along with Gisèle Sapiro.
In addition to many book chapters or articles in the media, he published more than 20 articles in national or international peer reviewed journals, in literary studies or social sciences, such as Journal of World literature, Revue de littérature comparée, COnTEXTES, The Sociological review, Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, French Politics, Culture and Society.