Marianne Bastid-Bruguière studied and taught at Beijing University in 1964-65. She joined the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris in 1969, where she is now Director of Research, with her own studies focusing on modern China. She has been a visiting Professor of Chinese Studies at Harvard, and in London, Tokyo, Kyoto and Beijing. She was on the executive committee of China Quarterly magazine for 25 years. She received the Légion d’Honneur in April 2010.