Born in Valenciennes, France, Fabrice Jaumont is a French educator, researcher, and author living in New York since 2001. He currently serves as Education Attaché for the Embassy of France to the United States, a Research Fellow at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, and an adjunct professor at New York University. He is also the founder and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities, a nonprofit organization with a focus on multilingualism, cross-cultural understanding, and the empowerment of linguistic communities. Since October 2018, he is the host of Révolution Bilingue, a podcast produced by French Morning, a French online magazine with a large French-speaking audience. He is also on the editorial board of NORRAG, the Network for International policies and cooperation in education and training
Fabrice Jaumont is the author of five books: The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages (TBR Books, 2017), which provides inspirational vignettes and practical advice for parents and educators who want to create a dual-language program in their own school. The book has been translated in 8 languages; Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016); Partenaires inégaux: fondations américaines et universités en Afrique (Editions Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, 2018). He recently published, Stanley Kubrick: The Odysseys (Books We Live by, 2018), which explores Stanley Kubrick’s cinematography and the theme of Odysseus. Fabrice’s latest book, The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education (TBR Books, 2019), co-written with Kathleen Stein-Smith, touches on the issue of foreign language deficit in the United States and sets the stage for a new paradigm in our approach to teaching and learning languages.
Fabrice is currently working on three book projects: Conversations on Bilingualism with Ana Ines Ansaldo, Ellen Bialystok, Ofelia García, François Grosjean, and Christine Hélot, which delves deeper into the topics of bilingualism, bilingual education, and cognitive development; Global Philanthropy and Education in the Age of Knowledge Societies, which documents transnational trends in philanthropic, not-for-profit, and civil society-led initiatives; and The Bilingual Revolution in Pictures, with photographer Jonas Cuénin.
Fabrice Jaumont holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from New York University with a specialization in International Development. His dissertation, Strategic philanthropy, organizational legitimacy, and the development of higher education in Africa: The partnership for higher education in Africa (2000-2010), which was completed in 2014, explores the specifics of a partnership between leading U.S. foundations—the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.
He was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the Government of France and was awarded the Prix de la diversité culturelle by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the Committee of French-speaking Ambassadors to the United Nations. He received the Medal of Recognition from the Committee of French-Speaking Societies in the United States. Nicknamed “The Godfather of language immersion programs” by the New York Times, he was awarded the prestigious James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award in 2020 by NECTFL.