I hold a PhD in political science from the University of Toulouse (France). My background is in political science and international relations. I have taught at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Middlebury College, University of Oregon, Bryn Mawr College, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes et Internationales in Nice (France).
I have published many articles in Politique Etrangère, Environmental Politics, French Politics and Society, The French Review, Modern and Contemporary French (Great Britain), Contemporary French Civilization, European Union Studies Association Review, European Studies Journal, Journal of European Integration, La Revue Française (South Africa), La Revue Francophone, and the Revue des Sciences Politiques de l'Université de Toulouse.
I am the managing editor (2010-2014) of the French Review, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
I am the author or editor of five books: France and European Integration: Toward a Transnational Polity? (Westport, Praeger, 2001) Les Etats-Unis et l'Europe face à la guerre d'Irak (Paris, L'Harmattan, 2005), Incorporating Professional Terminologies into the World's Languages: The Linguistic Engine of a Global Culture (The Mellen Press, 2010), How Globalizing Professions Deal with National Languages: Studies in Cultural Conflicts and Cooperation(The Mellen Press, 2010), and L'Union européenne et les Etats-Unis: processus, politiques et projets (2011).
My current teaching and research deal with : 1) connections between natural resources, conflicts and security (human and international), 2) economic theories and business models for sustainable development, 3) intercultural communication (from utilitarian / managerial approach to integrative practice), and 4) integration of environmental ethics, psychology, intercultural studies and spirituality for social change and sustainable development.
A sample of my recent publications include : « Promoting Sustainability through the Life Cycle Analysis » (Quebec : VertigO, 2012), « Climate Change, Water-Ag. Issues and Instability in the MENA Region » (France : Politique Etrangère, Fall 2013), « The Difficult Dialogue Between Neoclassical Economics and Ecological Economics » (France : La Vie des Idées, Winter 2013), and « International Land Investments : Neocolonialism or a New Way toward Development ? » (Winter 2013).
French politics, business and history, French language, cinema and civilization; Western Europe; European Union, European integration, transatlantic relations, language pedagogy and content-based instruction (Monterey Model), sustainability studies (in connection with business, international relations and cultural/psychological forces)
PhD, Political Science; MA, Political Science, University of Toulouse, France; MA, History, University of Chambéry, France
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FRLA 8377 - Resources Conflict & Security
During weeks 1-2, this class examines the concepts of conflict, violence, and security as they apply to our age. During weeks 3-10, we study the role of unequal distribution of and access to water, land (international land acquisitions), agriculture and food in fostering insecurity and conflict. Students choose the topics / types of resources and conflicts that they want to cover during weeks 11-15. In addition to linguistic development and knowledge of topic, we also seek to develop key professional skills such as technical reading, social presentation of self, public speaking, debating skills and group management. This is an excellent introductory or bridge class at an intermediate level for 1st semester students who wish to progressively hone their language and analytical skills.
Emphasis is on aural, oral and reading proficiency development, and to a lesser extent, writing skills in French. The level of French proficiency recommended is Advanced Low to Advanced Mid on the ACFTL language proficiency scale. Students at the Intermediate High level may be accepted (after interview with me) if they are very motivated and have a strong work discipline. http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012/english
Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
FRLA 8378 - Sustainablty,Devlpmnt&Conflict
Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS
FRLA 8380 - Bus French & Practical Skills
FRLA 8423 - Bus Models for Sustainabl Devl
This class combines economics (foundations of environmental economics, ecological economics, corporate social responsibility, and ecological modernization) and business (business models and plans, Green business, social entrepreneurship, management skills, and various functions of a company). Emphasis is on aural, oral and reading proficiency development, and to a lesser extent, writing skills in French. The general level of French proficiency recommended is at minimum Advanced Mid on the ACFTL language proficiency scale. http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012/english
Given the more advanced linguistic and substantive (content) level of this class, during the first week we will negotiate the distribution between the economics approach (theoretical, macro-level, critical, consideration of competing general models of economic development) and the business approach (micro-level, firm-level, pragmatic, more descriptive and action-oriented). In other words, we will negotiate how much time you wish to spend on each of these complementary perspectives.
In addition to linguistic development and knowledge of topic, we also seek to develop key professional skills such as technical reading, social presentation of self, public speaking, debating skills, and group management.
Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
FRLA 8440 - Sustainability/Business/Trade
FRLA 8442 - Energy,Climate Chng & Security
FRLA 8445 - Intercultural Comm USA Europe
FRLA 8464 - Individualized &CommonProjects
Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS
FRLA 8478 - Envirmnt/Sustainablty/Business
Environment, Sustainability and Business: The European Experience (ESB-E) focuses on the interplay, tensions and complementarity between these three forces. It uses numerous examples from Europe, draws comparisons with U.S. practices and policies, and places European practices/policies in the global context (international regimes, global governance). This class starts with an examination of public policy in Europe as it relates to ESB, that is to say the principles, frameworks and instruments of ESB-E such as direct regulation (e.g., REACH directive for chemicals, anti-GMO legislation), flexible regulation, and market-based incentives (e.g. emission trading schemes). Next it locates Europe's action in international fora, such as the UNFCC. After this study of the policymaking, economic and societal frameworks, the bulk of this class is devoted to substantive issues in ESB, for instance energy policy, or agricultural subsidies and global South development, or Green businesses, etc. Students will chose most of these substantive topics and of the "professional deliverables", all based on their specializations, for instance policy memo, action assessment, definition and diffusion of best business practices, etc. We will negotiate these 'professional deliverables,' in order to individualize the ways each student is assessed.
Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS
FRLA 8488 - EuropnUnionPolitics&Policies I
FRLA 8489 - EuropnUnionPolitics&PoliciesII
FRLA 8490 - IntrcltrlCmptnc4PersnlProfnlDv
FRLA 8520 - Individual Research Projects
Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS