Gerdine Ulysse earned a doctoral degree in Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University in 2020 and a master’s degree in French with a specialization in Teaching French as a Foreign Language at The University of Arizona in 2016. Her research addresses questions about factors affecting language use and proficiency in French and in Haitian Creole. Her research also focuses on language variation and its relationships with language ideologies, attitudes, and identities in Haitian communities. Her dissertation, The Relationship between Language Attitudes and Language Proficiency: The Case of Haitian Gonâvien High School Students, analyzes the relationship between language attitudes and literacy acquisition in French and in Haitian Creole in Haiti and the relationship among socioeconomic status, language attitudes, and literacy acquisition. Gerdine has presented her work at conferences where she raised discussion on literacy development in Haiti, and she has taught both Haitian Creole and French courses. She also teaches in the Less-Commonly-Taught-Languages Center at Pitt.
Gerdine was born and raised in Haiti and is the mother of two children. She has a son, Serge-Bryce and a daughter, Amélie-Rey.