I have taught at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Middlebury College, University of Oregon, Bryn Mawr College in Avignon (France), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Europeennes et Internationales in Nice (France).
I have published many articles in Politique Etrangere, 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 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 europeenne et les Etats-Unis: processus, politiques et projets (2011).
My current and future area of concentration is environmental security, environmental politics/policies and public participation, and transatlantic environmental policies.
I don't try to guess the perfect syllabus before coming to class, au contraire, I negotiate syllabi with my students during the first 2 weeks of each semester, so hopefully everyone pitches in to the co-construction of this contracting document and all have a stake in it. This means getting to know everyone's specialization and areas of interest and trying to find personal projects as well as commonalities or meta-themes of interest to all. I'm trying to encourage all to think and work outside of their silo specialization and approach an issue from various angles (that of the business person, the security specialist, the conflict resolution negotiator, etc.)
In class we alternate short lectures, group discussion and reports, round-tables, analysis of videos and visual sources, discussing and filling in tables and charts, especially comparative tables to identify differences and similarities between countries, regions, practices, periods, approaches, etc. I'm a big believer in trying to visualize abstract knowledge and creating workable summaries of information in the form of tables, comparative tables, flow-charts, geometric figures to highlight relationships, etc. One of my graduate professors used to say, "What's simple is false, what's complicated is useless." I try to work out that paradox in my teaching...
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)
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 8371 - French for Intl Professionals
Fall 2009 - MIIS
FRLA 8377 - Sustainablty,Conflict&Security ▹
Fall 2013 - MIIS
FRLA 8378 - Sustainablty,Devlpmnt&Conflict
Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS
FRLA 8380 - Bus French & Practical Skills
Fall 2009 - MIIS, Fall 2010 - MIIS
FRLA 8423 - Bus Models for Sustainabl Devl ▹
Fall 2013 - MIIS
FRLA 8440 - Sustainability/Business/Trade
FRLA 8445 - Intercultural Comm USA Europe
FRLA 8455 - Comparing USA & France
Fall 2009 - MIIS
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
Fall 2010 - MIIS
FRLA 8489 - EuropnUnionPolitics&PoliciesII
Fall 2010 - MIIS
FRLA 8520 - Individual Research Projects
Fall 2009 - MIIS, Fall 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS