Associate Professor, French
Communities & Connections, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Ronald Labelle is a specialist of Acadian traditional culture who completed his doctoral studies in Ethnology at Université Laval. He worked at the Université de Moncton’s Centre d’études acadiennes, first as Folklore Archivist and then as Director. He later held the McCain Research Chair in Acadian Ethnology in the same institution, before becoming Associate Professor of French and Acadian Studies at Cape Breton University. His publications include The Acadians of Chezzetcook and Au Village-du-Bois (France-Acadie Literary Prize, 1986). In 2011, he curated an exhibit held at the Université de Moncton’s Acadian Museum, entitled The Art of Storytelling in Acadie. In October 2013, he was the principal organizer of an international traditional music conference held at CBU entitled Carrefour acadien et celtique / Acadian-Celtic Crossroads. Since coming to CBU in 2012, Ronald Labelle has been actively carrying out research on the Francophone presence in Industrial Cape Breton.