Isabelle SCHAFFNER has been a professor of French language and literature at the École polytechnique since 2004. She holds a PhD in French and comparative literature (The University of California) and a doctorate in American literature (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III). Isabelle SCHAFFNER is a member of the Research Laboratory LinX (Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Human Sciences, École Polytechnique) & an associate member of the Research Laboratory ITEM-CNRS (Institute of Modern Texts and Manuscripts, ENS). She specializes in French and comparative literature, and conducts research on French and American Naturalism. Isabelle SCHAFFNER began her academic career teaching in the United States, at the University of California and then at Georgetown University (Washington DC). From 2001 to 2010, she taught French language and literature for American university programs/institutions in France (NYU, Columbia University, Middlebury College, The University of Southern California, The American University of Paris) as well as at ENSTA, Sciences Po and the ENS. She was responsible for the French Section at the École Polytechnique from 2007 to 2018. She is a member of the jury for the entrance examination to the École Polytechnique and Member of the expert jury for the Eiffel scholarships, French History, Languages and Literature category.
Since 2022, she is the Deputy Director of Centre International de langue et culture françaises of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.