Ary Gordien is a postdoctoral researcher at université Paris 8 Saint-Denis where he investigates anti-racist organizations in the easternmost banlieues (suburban areas) of Paris. He also teaches at Sciences Po and Université Paris Descartes.
Prior to that, he undertook an ethnographic study of the Jamaican national reparation commission for slavery as a postdoctoral fellow of the research program entitled « Repairs : reparations, compensation and indemnity for slavery (Europe-Americas-Africa, 19th to 21st centuries)”, founded by the French National Agency of Research.
His dissertation, which he defended in 2015, addresses nationalism, race and ethnicity in Guadeloupe to grasp the myriad ways in which identity is defined and experienced in the archipelago. The other research topics he looks at include music, dance, gender and sexuality.