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Pauline Blistène holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She works at the intersection of intelligence studies, philosophy and political science on the aesthetics of state secrecy in its relation to politics.  She is currently working on her first book Hidden in plain sight. Spy fiction, secrecy and democracy (working title). She has already published in Intelligence and National Security, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, A Contrario, TV series, and Open philosophy.

Pauline’s doctoral dissertation was awarded the Grand Prix of France’s Intelligence Academy and the Bastien Irondelle Prize of the Association for War and Strategic Studies (AEGES). In 2019, she also received the Best student paper award from the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

She was a visiting student at the University of Cambridge (Conspiracy & Democracy project) and at Columbia University on the Alliance Exchange Programme. Pauline has taught International Security, Political Science and Political Thought at Sciences Po, along with Moral Philosophy at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a graduate from Sciences Po Lille as well as from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

Pauline is also the author and producer of the podcast Espion, une vie sous légende (TOE-TOD/Canal+).

Research interests

  • Secrecy
  • Democracy
  • Espionage
  • Fiction
  • Philosophy
  • Intelligence studies 


18th Oct 2023