Dean Brasseaux is the chief academic advisor for the more than 400 students comprising the residential college. He helps students navigate academic regulations, Yale bureaucracy, and life in general.
Dean Brasseaux earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; the Master of Arts in Anthropology from Louisiana State University; and the Master of Arts and M. Phil. in American Studies here at Yale. Having submitted his dissertation, which examines the cultural politics of memory among French-speaking peoples in North America, he expects to be awarded the Ph.D. in December 2011. He is the author of over forty articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews, and three books, including the Oxford University Press title, Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-Made Music.
Dean Brasseaux's wife, Jessika Ducharme Brasseaux, a student in the Yale School of Nursing's GEPN Program, and their children, Anne Elise, known as "Ani" (7), and Joseph Emile (5), and their golden retriever named Marley (a.k.a, Daven Dog) are enjoying life in Davenport. Jessika is an avid gardener with an interest in organic and sustainable foods, and the Dean is an accomplished cook, specializing in the cuisine of his native state. Both are great lovers of music and dance. A former percussionist, Dean Brasseaux has recently taken up slide guitar and so continues the tradition of decanal musicality established by his immediate predecessor.
Dean Brasseaux's office is located in Davenport, Entryway N, past the Master's Office and down the hall. The office is open weekdays, 9 to 5. To make an appointment to see the Dean, please call Rhonda Vegliante, the Dean's Administrative Assistant at (203) 432-0555.