Before starting at Yale, Pierre earned a B.A. with Honours in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the University of Montréal. He wrote his Master’s thesis at McGill university under the guidance of Professor Arnaud Bernadet. His thesis explored Yves Bonnefoy’s poetry (De L’Arrière-pays à L’Heure présente : poétique de l’anamnèse dans l’œuvre d’Yves Bonnefoy). Pierre was also part of the TSAR (Travaux Sur les Arts du Roman) research group at McGill university, with which he published two studies dealing with the art of the novel as seen by Barbey d’Aurevilly and Louis Aragon.
At Yale, he currently works on 18th-century French ménageries. His thesis focuses on the creation of the ménagerie du Jardin des plantes in 1793, and shows how the ménagerie served as a pedagogical tool for the Republican government as it sought to develop new forms of power and communicate new ideologies to the French people.
In addition to 18th- and 20th-century French literature and philosophy, his research interests include literary forms (fiction, genre, verse and prose theories), poetry, and animal studies.
-“Le Roman selon Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly”, Bibliographie critique du TSAR. Montreal: McGill University, 2013.
-“Louis Aragon: À La Défense de l’infini”, Bibliographie du Tsar. Montreal: McGill University, 2013.
-“L’Hybridité dans Et les chiens se taisaient d’Aimé Césaire: une forme de médiation”, French Literature Series. vol. 42: Hybrid Genres, Leiden-Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 139-154, 2018.
-“Exigence poétique et exigence critique”, Europe, no 1067: Yves Bonnefoy, Paris, 180-191, June 2018.