Accomplished University Professor & Researcher
About Dominique Ryon
The author of numerous publications in the field of cultural
linguistics, Dominique Ryon has emerged as an authority on
French-speaking linguistic minorities in the United States. The holder
of a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from the Université de Montréal in
Quebec, Dr. Ryon received the Academy of Great Montrealers's Prix
d'Excellence award in 1994. She served as contributing writer to the
2005 professional publication, Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy
and Practice, in which she examined the cultural conflict contributing
to the stress on the usage of Cajun French.
Dominique Ryon also worked as Co-Editor on the University of Mississippi Press's 2010 publication Dictionary of Louisiana French, a thorough examination of the history and vocabulary of the French language in southern Louisiana. Dr. Ryon's work examining America's French-speaking linguistic minorities has also appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as La Revue Française and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
In addition to her academic work, Dominique Ryon has made major contributions to the promotion of Louisiana French language and culture in the public sphere. In 2005 and 2008, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed her as a member of the state's Executive Board of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, and from 1998-2000, she served on the Lafayette Parish School Board as a member of the parish's French Immersion Community Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Ryon has held the roles of sponsor, co-organizer, and programmer of many French cultural film festivals, including Cinema on the Bayou and the Francophone Film Festival.