Maud Simonet is a researcher with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and assistant director of the IDHES (Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l’Économie et de la Société – Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economy and Society) research unit at the University of Paris-Nanterre. She has conducted research projects in France and in the United States on volunteer work, civic service, workfare and more broadly on work invisibilization and contemporary issues around free labor.
She published Le Travail bénévole. Engagement citoyen ou travail gratuit ? (“Volunteer Work : Civic Engagement or Free Labor ?”) with La Dispute in 2010. With John Krinsky, she has recently published Who Cleans Your Park ? The Transformation of Work in the Public Sector in New York City (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2017).