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Jean-François Brière

Professor of French Studies

Degree/Institution: PhD York University
Office: HU 228
Fax: (518) 442-4111


Academic Focus

Teaching: History of modern France, contemporary French society, French cultural studies
Research: History of French expansion overseas, 18th and 19th centuries


Jean-François Brière was educated in France. After having received an MA in History from the University of Caen, he served as a high school teacher in Dakar, Senegal, for two years (French National Service). He later obtained a PhD in History from York University ( Toronto). He has since taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs in French Studies at the University at Albany.



Haïti et la France 1804-1848, le rêve brisé (Paris: Karthala, 2008)
Bravo! (Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 2012, 7th edition, in collaboration)
Les Français (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 2001, 3rd edition)
On the Cultural Achievements of Negroes (Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996, in collaboration), annotated translation and introduction of Henri Grégoire's De la littérature de nègres (1808)
La pêche française en Amérique du Nord au XVIIIe siècle (Montréal: Fides, 1990)