Christiane Abel
400 Pacific Street D206
(831) 647-3555

Since Christiane Abel started teaching in the French Translation and Interpretation program at the Institute, she has taught all of the translation and interpretation classes offered from English into French, and she became the French TI Program Coordinator in 2009.

She maintains a vibrant private practice as a freelance translator and conference interpreter, with clients including private companies, NGOs, the US Department of State, and international organizations. She specializes in international development, microfinancing, and international humanitarian law. She has drawn on her experience as an interpreter for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and subsequent interpreting assignments focusing on the atrocities committed in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa to research and present on how interpreters can best prepare for and cope with assignments dealing with deeply traumatic events.

She is certified by the American Translators Association (ATA - English into French), and she is an active member of the Association internationale des interprètes de conférence (AIIC).

Areas of Interest

Maybe because of my business background, I insist on professionalism from my students from day one. I try to establish a “client-provider” relationship, instead of a more traditional “teacher-student” relationship, so that my students are market-ready upon graduation. What is fascinating about our profession is that you never stop learning: Each new assignment lets us discover new concepts or new vocabulary, or understand a fine grammatical point. I also have the privilege to constantly learn from my students, whether we are questioning a particular word or phrase, or whether they lead me to a new Website, podcast or other great content in French or English.


Academic Degrees

  • MSc in Management, Kedge Business School
  • MA in Translation and Interpretation, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Professor Abel has been teaching at the Institute since 2001.

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