Alexandre   Couture Gagnon

Assistant Professor  

Office: BPOB1 1.102A
Phone: (956) 882-8259
Email: alexandre.couturegagnon@utrgv.edu

Dr. Alexandre Couture Gagnon

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Comparative public policy
    • Minority nations
    • Linguistic policy
  • Education

    • PhD, Public Policy, Carleton University, 2013
    • MSc, Public Administration, Ecole Nationale D' Administration Publique, 2007
    • BA, Economics, Universite Laval, 2005




Selected Publications


  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Filip Palda: In memoriam. Publics Choice, 174, no. 3-4 2018: 213-217.

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "We Care About Children," Journal of South Texas English Studies 7, no. 1 (2018): 5-7.

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Review of Teaching Culture in Introductory Foreign Language Textbooks, by Carol A. Chapelle. American Review of Canadian Studies, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017.

  • Diane Saint Pierre and Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Cultura, lengua y diversidad cultural de naciones minoritarias: los casos de Quebec y Cataluna, territorios...?‘ compartidos?," Debats 131, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 31–49.

  • Diane Saint-Pierre and Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Cultura, llengua i diversitat cultural de nacions minoritàries: els casos del Quebec i de Catalunya, territoris... compartits?," Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat 131, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017).

  • Diane Saint-Pierre and Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Culture, langue et diversité culturelle de nations minoritaires : les cas du Québec et de la Catalogne, des territoires... en partage ?," L'administration des territoires et les instruments de l’action publique. Les Presses de l’Université du Québec, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017: 303-331.

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon and Carlos Gutierrez. "Spanish-Speaking Institutions and Language Assimilation in the Rio Grande Valley," Supplementary Studies in Rio Grande Valley History. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 15, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017: 299–327.

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Review of Language Policy by David Cassels Johnson. Journal of South Texas English Studies, 6, no. 2 December 2016: 80–81.

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Linking New Public Management With Public Human Resource Management Reform. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 26, no. 4 October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016: 823-824.

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Review of American Public Policy: An Introduction, 10th edition. 2012. Clarke E. Cochran, Lawrence C. Mayer, T.R. Carr, N. Joseph Cayer, Mark McKenzie, and Laura Peck: Cengage Learning.. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 21, no. 4 October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2015: 595–596.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Faculty Travel Support Program, UTRGV, $800.00 (June 2018 - August 2018)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Faculty Travel Support Program, UTRGV, $660.00 (February 2018 - April 2018)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Programme Québec/États-Unis de bourses universitaires, Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, $3,000.00 (February 2017 - December 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Faculty Travel Support Program, UTRGV, $600.00 (June 2017 - August 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. , Centre de la francophonie des Amériques , $1,534.00 (August 2016 - November 2016)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Employee Tuition Assistance Scholarship, UTRGV, $900.00 (January 2016 - May 2016)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. SSHRC-INRS Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Institut national de la recherche scientifique, $2,148.00 (December 2015 - March 2016)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. , Association internationale des études québécoises, $384.00 (January 2016 - January 2016)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Junior Supplemental Travel Grant, UTRGV, $500.00 (October 2015)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. Fonds du pôle ENAP-INRS (Québec) du CRDT , Centre de recherche sur le développement territorial, $690.00 (June 2015 - August 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Diane Saint-Pierre and Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "The Cultural Policy and its instruments of public action in view of the normative precepts of the 2005 UNESCO Convention: Proposal for an analytical framework," 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Tallinn University, Estonia (August 2018)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon and Diane Saint-Pierre. "The impact of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions on culture and language policy in minority nations: the cases of Catalonia and Québec," 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Tallinn University, Estonia (August 2018)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Le fait français in North America: How Québec has used French to promote itself in the United States," Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, New England Political Science Association, Portsmouth, NH (April 2018)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Le futur du Texas : les « Latinos »," Association des aînées et aînés de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, Association des aînées et aînés de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Québec, Canada (March 2018)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon and Carlos Gutierrez. "Contre-Attaque vs. Laisser-Faire: A Comparison of Minority Nation Claims for Language Rights in Québec and in the Rio Grande Valley," Linguistic Seminar, Department of Writing and Language Studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville (November 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon and Carlos Gutierrez. "Requests for Language Rights by Minority Groups: French speakers in Québec and Spanish speakers in the Rio Grande Valley," Second International Conference on Border Studies, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville (October 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Les « Latinos » au Texas : quel avenir ?," Chaire Raoul-Dandurand, Université du Québec à Montréal, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada (October 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "Québec's Promotion of the Francophonie in the United States since the 1970s," LPP Conference. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (August 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon and Carlos Gutierrez. "Spanish-speaking institutions and language assimilation in the Rio Grande Valley," 59th Annual WSSA Conference, Association for Borderlands Studies, San Francisco, CA (April 2017)

  • Alexandre Couture Gagnon. "La politique états-unienne," Association des aînées et aînés de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Canada (March 2017)

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