Marky Jean-Pierre earned a PhD in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a Doctoral Degree in Language, Literacy and Culture (EdD), a Master’s Degree in French and Francophone Studies, a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston (UMass Amherst/Boston). He taught French and Francophone Studies and Multicultural Education courses for seven years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Comparative Ethnic Studies at the Westfield State University.
He has also worked as Consultant and Language and Literacy Advisor for a program jointly led by USAID, RTI, and the Haitian Ministry of National Education. His research centers on language and educational practices in ‘postcolonial’ contexts with an emphasis on Haiti, language ideology in the Francophone Caribbean Region, Haitian language and culture, Contemporary Literary Theory, francophone and ‘postcolonial’ literature, and 20th Century French Literature. Marky Jean-Pierre has made numerous presentations in the US, France, Haiti, Jamaica, and Canada on issues pertaining to language and has written several manuscripts. His book titled Language and Learning in a Post-Colonial Context: The Case of Haiti is scheduled for publication at the end of 2014 in the Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism book series under the direction of Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones from the University of Birmingham in England. He has published a book chapter titled “The challenge and Promise of Multilingualism in the Caribbean: Focus on Haiti” in Jo Arthur Shoba and Feliciano Chimbutane’s edition of Bilingual Education and Language Policy in the Global South. Routledge, UK. 2013. He has also published a book chapter titled "Lang ak Edikasyon ann Ayiti" in the Ak Kòlòk Kreyòl 2011. State University of Haiti. His article “Developing Proficiency in English as a Foreign Language [EFL] by Integrating Content and Language Learning in a High School in France: Implications for plurilingualism» is in press at the Modern Language Journal. Dr. Jean-Pierre is also working to help revamp the Haitian educational system severely affected by the disastrous earthquake of 2010 that claimed over 300 thousands lives.
For more information about his work, see the 2014-2015 Departmental Newsletter.