Professor of Classics and Ancient History and President of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jean-Jacques Aubert completed his studies in Greek, Latin, Medieval French and Roman Law at the University of Neuchâtel in 1981. He continued his education at New York University. From 1984 to 1991, he attended the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University in New York, where he earned an MA, an MPhil and a PhD. During this time, he was also an exchange scholar at Harvard University (1987–1989) and at Stanford University (1990).
After returning to Europe, Aubert was appointed a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome. First, he lectured at the University of Neuchâtel from 1992 to 1993, and then he lectured at the University of Fribourg from 1993 to 1996 and the University of Lausanne from 1993 to 1994. From 1992 to 1996, he taught French and English as a Titular Professor at the engineering college in Biel. Aubert has been a Full Professor of Classical Philology and Ancient History at the University of Neuchâtel since 1996. In addition, he served there as Vice Dean and then Dean of the Faculty of Humanities from 2005 to 2007. From January 2014 to July 2016, he was the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs at the University of Neuchâtel.
Aubert has held various political offices alongside his academic commitments. He has served, for example, on Rochefort’s city council and its communal parliament in the canton of Neuchâtel. Currently he is a member of the Green party in Neuchâtel’s cantonal parliament.