Kathleen Stein-Smith, PhD, Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques, is a dedicated foreign language educator and advocate. She serves as Chair of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Commission on Advocacy and as a member of the ATA Education and Pedagogy Committee and the MLA Delegate Assembly. She is also active in foreign language education associations, including the NECTFL Advisory Council, CSCTFL Advisory Council, and as a SCOLT sponsor. She has presented at numerous professional conferences at the state, regional, and national level, is the author of eight books and numerous articles about the foreign language deficit and the importance of multilingualism, has given a TEDx talk on the U.S. foreign language deficit, has been interviewed by press and radio, and maintains a blog, "Language Matters." She earned a Baccalauréat spécialisé and Maîtrise in Québec, where her master’s thesis on the comparative stylistics of French and English was written under the direction of Jean-Louis Darbelnet.