Pierre Lavoie is Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies at Yale University, supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec—Société et culture (FRQSC). He has recently completed his PhD in History at the Université de Montréal. He specializes in North American migrations and media history, with an emphasis on public memory practices and collective identification discourses. His postdoctoral project focuses on the transnational emergence and mediatization of old-time music and comedy shows across North America between the World Wars. As a francophone Québécois, he has a particular interest in the cultural and migratory patterns that linked Québec and the US from mid-19th to mid-20th century.
His work has been published in the Journal of Canadian Studies and in the Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française. His first book, “Mille après mille : mobilité, célébrité et mémoire des francophones du Nord-Est américain après l’exode” (under contract with Les Éditions du Boréal), focuses on the shift between migratory patterns and artistic mobility in the transnational francophone communities of Québec and New England after 1930. He is also an active musician (cheshirecarr.com) and a public historian who frequently contributes to national radio and newspapers in Montréal (Le Devoir, Radio-Canada, Télé-Québec).