Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in French from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Social Ethics from Santa Clara University. The primary focus of his teaching and research includes French Language, French & Francophone literature in dialogue with other disciplines and studies such as Philosophy and Theology. Jean-Pierre believes that each new language is a door that opens borders. Teaching and speaking several languages allow him to inhabit a larger world. With his students, he likes to explore the cultures and history of the French-speaking world from the Caribbean to Africa, Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland and France – all are part of our life and places of reflection. When he’s not busy teaching, Jean-Pierre enjoys walking, spending time with his family and cooking. He also loves watching soccer games!