Stéphane Bédère, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French and Spanish
(616) 632-2118
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Stéphane Bédère was born and raised in the Basque country in southwest France. After completing high school, he moved to Paris and then Argentina, where he studied at the University of Buenos Aires. Upon returning to Paris, Bédère specialized in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Paris, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. His dissertation, from the University of Lyon, focuses on the role of political discourse in Paraguay nation’s building in the first half of the 19th century. In 2006, he moved to the United States with his wife, who is originally from Washington, D.C. Before joining Aquinas College in 2011, he taught as a Visiting Professor of Spanish at Grand Valley State University, MI.

Stéphane Bédère is an Assistant Professor of French and Spanish at Aquinas College. He teaches Latin American literature and Latin American Culture and Civilization, as well as French Language courses of all levels. He also collaborates with the History department for whom he teaches a course on Latin American history.

In addition to his teaching, Bédère is also a member of the organization committee of the Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival since its creation in 2010. Every year, Aquinas College students volunteer to help with the organization of this International Film Festival, which brings into town directors from all over Latin America

Papers & Presentations

“Discourse & Nation Building in Paraguay (1810-1840)”. Chesley Lecture Series, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids MI, April 2018.

“Using Newspaper Articles, Oral Recording, and Films in the Classroom.” French Round Table, GVSU, Allendale MI, April 2016.

Commentator on Liz Shesko (Oakland University) article, Partisan Conflict and Conscript Insubordination in Bolivia's Capital, 1914-1931.” Great Lakes Latin American History Workshop. Conference on the Americas (COA), Grand Rapids MI, March 20 – 21, 2015.

“El papel de la prensa en la demonización del Dr. Francia.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress, Chicago IL, May 21 – 24, 2014.

“El Dr. Francia y el rol del extranjero en la construcción de la nación paraguaya.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress, Washington D.C., May 30 – June 1, 2013.

La ciudad como arma política y símbolo de la lucha de poder. La reedificación de Asunción bajo el gobierno del Dr. Francia. Conference on the Americas (COA), Grand Rapids MI, March 15 – 16, 2013.


  • Ph.D. University of Lyon, France
  • M.A., University of Paris, France
  • B.A., University of Paris, France