Fellow of the Center for Louisiana Studies, 2020-2025
Dr. Bruce holds the Canada Research Chair in Acadian and Transnational Studies (CRÉAcT) at Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia, where he teaches in the Department of Social Sciences. He also oversees the Observatoire Nord/Sud, a center for the study of the Acadian diaspora, and serves as co-editor of the journal Port Acadie : revue interdisciplinaire en études acadiennes.
A native of Shreveport, he holds a doctorate from Brown University, a master’s degree from CUNY—Lehman College, and two bachelor’s degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana. His research deals with the Acadian diaspora, both historic and contemporary, and the francophone Atlantic world, with a focus on Louisiana.
In addition to his recent book Afro-Creole Poetry in French from Louisiana’s Radical Civil War-Era Newspapers: A Bilingual Edition (The Historic New Orleans Collection with University of Virginia Press, 2020), his scholarly work has appeared in journals in the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.
He is currently preparing a monograph entitled By Any Means Necessary: Africans, Acadians, and the 1858 Killing of Constant Melançon, Sugar Planter of Louisiana, by Toussaint, His Slave and Childhood Friend.
The CRÉAcT’s projects are featured on the blog Les Carnets Nord/Sud: