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jjinquebeclargemastersmallwebjpgJean-Jacques Thomas

Distinguished Professor, Melodia E. Jones Chair
Department of Romance Languages and Literature
Comparative Literature

Associate Director of Canadian Studies for Quebec Affairs and Programs

Jean-Jacques Thomas is a professor in both the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as well as the Department of Comparative Literature. He is also the holder of the UB Foundation’s prestigious Melodia E. Jones Chair. Upon his arrival to UB, he was also chosen to be the Associate Director of Canadian Studies for Quebec Affairs and Programs. From 2004-2008, he was the Director of Canadian Studies at Duke University. He was an elected  member of the Executive Board of the ACSUS (2009-2014) and in 2012 was selected as  the Chief Officer for International Fundraising. From 1987-1989 he was a visiting professor in the semiotics Ph.D program at UQAM. While at Duke, he set up an exchange program between Duke and the University of Montreal, and at UB he drafted the documents which served as a base for the exchange signed in the spring of 2010 between UB and UQAM. Also while at Duke, and in partnership with UNC- Chapel Hill, he created the Quebec Cinema Week, a one-week Quebec film festival with the participation of a Quebec film director, and headed the event for 3 years (2006-2008).  In 2013 he created the Big Buffalo Quebec Film Festival that takes place each Spring semester on the UB campus with other Buffalo colleges or universities as partner. The same year, Jean-Jacques Thomas was named a Distinguished Professor at UB in recognition of his exceptional work and service

He has written about Quebec literature and film, in particular on Gaston Miron, Dany Laferrière, Joël Des Rosiers and Denis Chouinard. His current research looks at « Plural Quebec » and the North-South connections with the Caribbean as well as on the development of digital entertainment industries and the use they make of Quebec’s history and traditional fictions.

Recent publications on Quebec and North-South connections:

picturegenevieve16websitecolorsmallwebGeneviève Oliveira

Research Assistant for Quebec Studies

Geneviève Oliveira is a French Canadian born in Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada. She has earned a degree in Music from Cégep Régional de Lanaudière in Joliette, Quebec and a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Cégep de Drummondville. She later worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Montreal as a Sound Technician for the Archives Department. Geneviève has been studying at the University at Buffalo since 2012 where she received a B.A. in Linguistics in 2014 and an M.A. in French Literature in 2016. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in French Literature concentrating on Quebec’s culture and literature. Geneviève is currently studying under the supervision of Distinguished Professor and Melodia E. Jones Chair Dr. Jean-Jacques Thomas. Her research interests lie in contemporary tales including rural and urban tales, urban legends, orality and oral tradition, rhythm, postmodern theory, and Quebec cinema.