Professor of French
A proud Kentuckian and humanistic bon vivant, aside from my academic pursuits (under Scholarship), I enjoy stand-up comedy, Americana/Country Music, French-inspired cooking, genealogy and various forms of football (American/NFL, rugby union, association), a sport I played collegiately for the Murray State Racers. I served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the France Paris Mission (1998–2000: Paris 7e, Vannes, Le Vésinet, Argenteuil, Brest, Torcy), before completing my BA and MA in French Studies here at BYU, taking my PhD in French & Francophone Studies at UCLA and marrying Maria Cabrera (2006). We are the parents of three children, who are enrolled in French immersion (DLI) programs and whose youth sports teams I often coach. I have served on the 16th-century French forum executive committee for MLA and am the current director of MARS (BYU Medieval & Renaissance Studies) and editor-in-chief of Lingua Romana.