All ACM courses are taught by experienced and credentialed faculty who have backgrounds teaching at both U.S. and French universities and working professionally in their fields of expertise. These professionals employ interactive teaching styles while creating an active and exciting learning environment. ACM faculty are top in their field and have developed curriculum and course content that is academically rigorous and rewarding. 

The following is a list of ACM leadership, administrators, and faculty. The great breadth of their experience and backgrounds gives students access to a broad variety of disciplines.   


Carl Jubran, PhD
President & Professor
University of California, San Diego
Comparative Literature

Leigh Smith, PhD
Dean & Professor
University of North Carolina
Comparative Literature

Aboubakr Jamai, MBA
Dean & Professor
The School of Business & 
International Relations              
Harvard University

Business / Public Administration

Muriel Cros, PhD
Dean & Professor
Centre d'Etudes Francaises
Aix-Marseille University

Guillaume Durand, PhD
Assistant Dean & Professor
The School of Humanities & 
Social Sciences
EHESS, Paris & Bucharest
Romanian Art & Archaeology
Yumna Masarwa, PhD
Director, ACM School of Art & Professor
Princeton University
Art History

ACM Faculty 

Annabel Martin, MA
Professor of Psychology
Université de Provence
Clinical Psychology
Mercedes Gilliom, MA
Professor of French, Translation
Aix-Marseille Université
Translation, Multilinguism
On-Leave 2020-2021
Pamela Morton, MA
Professor of Fine Arts
Open University
American Civilization

Nathalie Besson, MA
Professor of French
Aix-Marseille University
Aurore Guitry, PhD
Professor of French, Translation
Aix-Marseille Université
Creative Writing, Translation
Célia Pernot, DNSEP
Professor of Photography
Ecole des Beaux Arts, Rennes

Pauline Bétrancourt, MFA
Activities Coordinator &
Professor of Fine Arts

Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence
Fine Arts
Bruce Hitchner, PhD
Visiting Professor of Archaeology & 
International Relations
University of Michigan
Sylvie Requemora-Gros, PhD
Professor of Literature
Aix-Marseille Université
French & Francophone Literature

Philip Breeden, MALD
Professor of International Relations
Fletcher School of Diplomacy
Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution

Margaux Hofstedt, FLE
Professor of French
Université de la Sorbonne

Pascale Schaaf, MA
Internship Coordinator &
Professor of Business
Université d'Aix-Marseille

Suzanne Canessa, PhD
Professor of French Literature
Aix-Marseille Université

Emilie Kassentini, MA
Professor of Museum Studies
Université Jean-Jaures, Toulouse
Université de Provence, Marseille

Shawn Simpson, MBA
Professor of Business & 
Aix-Marseille Université
Business Administration
David Coombes, M Litt
Professor of Philosophy
Oxford University
Political Science / Philosophy

Sihem Khoury, MA
Professor of French
Aix-Marseille University

Ruby Soames, MA
Professor of Education
Manchester Metro. University


O'Neill Cushman, MFA
Professor of Fine Arts
University of Plymouth
Fine Arts

Michel Lantelme, PhD
Professor of Literature
Emory University

Chrystèle Thézé, MFLE
Professor of French
University of Grenoble
French as a Foreign Language
Catherine David, PhD
Professor of French, Didactics
Aix-Marseille University
Yannick Le Gennisel, MBA
Professor of Business
Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble
International Business
Nassima Fezza, PhD
Professor of French, Phonetics
Aix-Marseille Université

Erik Freeman, M.Phil
(Doctoral Candidate, MIT)

Professor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge
Philosophy, Theology


* D.E.A. - Diplômes d'Etudes Approfondies (between M.A. and Ph.D.)
* D.E.S.S. - Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées 

* D.E.S.T. - Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Techniques (now equivalent to M.A.) 
* D.N.S.E.P. - Diplôme National Supérieur d'Expression Plastique
* M.A.L.D - Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (Fletcher School) 

* M.F.L.E. - diploma in Français Langue Etrangère (qualification for French-language teachers) 
* M. Phil. - Master of Philosophy (UK equivalent of M.A.)