Frédéric Keck is director of research at the CNRS and a member of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale based at the Collège de France in Paris.
After studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and at the University of Berkeley, he joined the CNRS in 2005, where he conducted ethnographic research on health crises caused by animal diseases, firstly at the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments (2005-2007) then at the Hong Kong Pasteur Research Centre (2007-2009). This research led to the publication of articles, journal editions and collective books in French and English , as well as two books (Un Monde Grippé, Flammarion, 2010 ; Avian Reservoirs, Duke University Press, 2019).
Laureate of the Fondation Fyssen in 2007-2008, he received the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2011. He has headed the department of research and education at the Quai Branly Museum (2014-2018), the team on “Human/Animal Relations: Contemporary Issues” (with Carole Ferret) and the project “Social Representations of Pathogens on the Boundaries of Species”, which received support from the Axa Research Fund (2013-2016). He now works on a project entitled “Microbiome and the Human Evolution” with the support of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.