The French sociologist Nathalie Heinich has carried out innovative sociological analyses of the field of art since the 1980s. While she is a major figure in French sociology, most of her books are as yet not translated into English. Co-founder of the journal Sociology of Art in 1992, Nathalie Heinich was a jury member of the aggregation of economic and social sciences, and in 2011 received the award for scientific excellence of the CNRS. He has held several chairs teaching in foreign universities: the chair of the sociology Boekman foundation at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands); Jacques Leclercq President of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Presidency of the culture and literature of the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) French; President of the Historical Center of Culture Science, University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He received in 2015 the price Montyon Academy philosophy of France for his book The paradigm of contemporary art, and was named Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2012.