Leadership Team


Christophe Landry

Ph.D - University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)

Email: Christophe@LouisianaCreoleDictionary.com

Christophe Landry, a North American academician, is a polyglot and language, culture and human rights advocate with multi-generational ties to French, Spanish and American Louisiana. An honors graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Francophone Studies and Linguistics, with a minor in Germanic Studies, under the tutelage of renown Louisiana socio-cultural anthropologist and linguist Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet. Landry’s mentors—Drs. Deborah Clifton, Richard Winters, Leslie Bary, Vaughan Burdin Baker, and Richard Guidry, Elaine Clément, Jolène Adam, Philippe Gustin, Janet Colson, Danielle Fontenette—have been at the forefront of Louisiana scholarship and preservation efforts for more than half a century. Landry has been a lifelong advocate of Francophone and Creolophone research and language initiatives, beginning at New Iberia Senior High School, where he provided morning announcements in French and organized the Causeries d’Ibérie—a weekly French language roundtable—and served as a member of the New Iberia Downtown Development, Sister Cities, and Main Street Programs. His direct involvement with the municipal government played a vital role in the passage of legislation to erect trilingual signage in Downtown New Iberia. Landry culminated his post-secondary studies with an appointment to the first Parlement francophone des Jeunes, or the Global Youth Francophone Parliament, which assembled in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, in 2001.

Now a doctoral student at the University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom, Landry has been steeped in primary source documentation of twentieth century shifts in the cultural history of Creole Louisiana. His professional career leading up to graduate school involved working as a legal French interpreter for Haik, Minvielle and Grubbs Law Firm; organizing the 2001 Creole Heritage Educational Research Society (CHERS) Conference in New Orleans; serving as a cultural liaison for the Vermillionville Historic Village and a docent and genealogist, respectively, for the Acadian Memorial and the St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center.

Landry founded the Learn Louisiana Creole website in 2007, and offered the first virtual tutorials in the language two years later as part of an online platform. In 2009, he was appointed Interim Program Director for the World Studies Institute of Louisiana, organizing international virtual learning initiatives between Francophone students in Louisiana and in the larger French-speaking world. And in 2010, Landry spearheaded social media efforts to document Louisiana Creole in federal censorial literature and created a Virtual Classroom for the Louisiana Creole language on Facebook in 2011.