Céline Bessière is Assistant Professor of Sociology at PSL University-Paris Dauphine. She studies the material, economic, and legal dimensions of family, in particular through the analysis of inheritance and marital breakdown. She is the author of a book on Cognac wine growing family businesses (De génération en génération, Paris: Raisons d’Agir, 2010) and the co-author of a book drawing on vast research on family courts in France (Collectif Onze, Au tribunal des couples, Paris: Odile Jacob, 2013). Her research is at the crossroads of several fields: sociology of law and justice, sociology of gender and family, and economic sociology. In 2016-2017, she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.