Dr. Johnny Laforêt received his Ph.D. in French Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition & Teacher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2016. He received his MA in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (2012) from Texas Tech University and his BA in Linguistique Appliquée (2009) from the Université d'État d'Haïti. Moreover, Dr. Laforêt holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (2015) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His research interests include Classroom Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language Maintenance, Shift, and Loss, Language Pedagogy, Language Variation and Change, Technical Translations, and Haitian Literature and Culture. In his dissertation he examined the phenomenon of language maintenance by Haitian Immigrants living in the greater Chicago area.