Yohann Ripert

Assistant Professor of French

Yohann C. Ripert is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures as well as a Faculty in the Honors Program at Stetson University.

  • PhD French and comparative literature, Columbia University
  • MPhil French and comparative literature, Columbia University
  • MA French and romance philology, Columbia University
  • BM piano performance, The Juilliard School


Yohann Ripert


Yohann Ripert is currently completing two projects: the first is a book translation of the posthumous volume of Leopold Se'dar Senghor's essays on education and culture, entitled Education & Culture (Paris: Presence Africaine, 2013); the second is a monograph entitled Global Negritude: Confidential Conversations Across the Ocean. Global Negritude explores a set of recently declassified cables that reveal how Le'opold Se'dar Senghor engaged with Cold War cultural politics to strategically transform vestiges of colonial exploitation into postcolonial weapons.

Committed to public service, Ripert also worked as a translator and interpreter for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 2013 to 2016, was an International Fellow at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and a French-American Next Generation fellow at the Consulate of France in New York. In addition to his academic career, Ripert is a concert pianist and graduate of The Juilliard School. He has appeared as a soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard Lab Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble and as a chamber musician in prominent festivals such as Focus!, ChamberFest and Kneisel Hall. A champion of Spanish music, Ripert has performed the entire Iberia cycle by Albeniz as well as the complete piano music by Manuel De Falla throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Areas of Expertise

  • French and Francophone Literature
  • West African Literature and History
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics

Course Sampling

  • French and Francophone Cinema
  • Revolutions in an Era of Globalization
  • French Practicum - Translation in Theory and Practice
  • Advanced French - The Francophone World
  • Elementary French

  • West African Literature and Philosophy
  • Transatlantic Intellectual History
  • Francophone Literature
  • History of Globalization

  • Senghor and the Enlightenment, Journal of African Philosophy, Spring 2015.
  • Marc Lynch, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East (Washington, D.C: PublicAffairs Press, 2013) - Columbia University Journal of International Affairs, Fall 2014.