Jean-Pierre Chantin is a French historian, associated with the University of Lyon. He specializes in the history of religion in France, including the Catholic Church and the role of new religious movements. In 1998 his study of Jansenism was published by the University of Lyon. In 2001 he was the chief editor of on of Dictionary of the religious world in contemporary France, "The margins of the Christianity", published by Editions Beauchesne. In 2004 he published a 157 page study on French sects from 1905 to 2000, asking: "disputes or religious innovations?" and in 2010 about "The French certified diet", Editions Beauchesne (director of colllection Bibliothèque Beauchesne).