Originally from the United States, I have been an assistant professor in the English program in the Department of Languages and International Culture at Télecom Bretagne since March of 2009 and took over as head of the English section in 2012.
Before coming to Télécom Bretagne, I taught French at Webster University , general and French linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and French at Boston University.
I completed my doctoral studies in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the United States, in 2009. My dissertation is entitled "The Clause Structure of the Shimaore Dialect of Comorian (Bantu)", and my adviser was Elabbas Benmamoun.
At Télécom Bretagne, I teach general English to engineering students and Scientific English to Ph.D. students. I also study the influence of the first foreign language on the second, and vice versa, and I am particularly interested in the interplay between the English and French of our Chinese students here at TB. I am also involved with the project known as LEXECOLO, which will result in a multilingual lexicon related to sustainable development. Additionally, I was part of the organizing committee for the GLAT 2010 and GLAT 2012 colloquia, which were held at the University of Lisbon and the University of Genoa, in Italy, respectively. I recently took over from José Manuel ABREU as the head of the organizing committee for the GLAT colloquia, with the next GLAT colloquium taking place at Télécom Bretagne in 2014.