Stéphane Bédère was born and raised in the Basque country in
southwest France. After completing high-school, he moved to Paris and
then Argentina, and traveled to Bolivia and Chile. Upon returning to
Paris, where a large part of his family now lives, Bédère specialized in
Spanish and Latin American studies at the Université Paris VIII, where
he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees.
While working on his doctoral degree, he was employed as a high
school Spanish teacher in Paris and met his wife, Christa, an American
(originally from Washington, DC). Bédère also had the opportunity to
return to Latin America (1999-2000), where he spent several months in
Paraguay and Argentina conducting research for his dissertation.
In 2006, he moved to the United States. Bédère’s wife’s family is
from Michigan and her parents retired here. Before coming to Aquinas, I
spent four years teaching at Grand Valley State University.
When he’s not teaching, there are many things Bédère enjoys doing,
including (but not limited to) spending time with family and friends,
the cinema, soccer, good French (or Argentine) wine, discussing
politics, reading a good book, and of course a good espresso.