Meet the directors

Dr. Alex Neff has worked in international education in the United States, South Korea and France for 20 years. 

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Originally from Pennsylvania, Alex has lived in France since 1997.  He has earned degrees in French and international relations from Messiah College, The George Washington University and l'Institut de Hautes Études Européennes de Strasbourg.   His Ph.D. in sociology of religion at the Université de Strasbourg  examines the complicated relationship between evangelical protestantism in France and the United States. His book Évangéliques en réseau won the 2014 Louis Schmutz prize. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Achievement award from Messiah College. In addition to his work with Accès, Alex is an adjunct professor at the Faculté de Théologie Protestante de Strasbourg.

Alex loves folk music, especially bluegrass.  He plays the diatonic accordeon, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. 


His publications include:

  • « Évangéliques en réseau, trajectoires identitaires entre la France et les États-Unis», 2016, l'Harmattan. 
  • « T'es Charlie ou pas Charlie? Réflexions sur l'identité, la politique et le christianisme », 3/2015, Christ Seul.
  • « Évangéliques français : la question américaine », 2/2011 Foi et Vie, la revue de culture protestante, Paris.
  • « Une clarté bien franche : Pierre Widmer, une vie dans l’église mennonite française », 3-4/2006, Les Dossiers de Christ Seul, Montbéliard.
  • « Pierre Widmer », entry in Mennonitisches Lexikon, Hamburg, Germany,
  • « The Ugly American : International Education and the Image of the United States Abroad ». November-December 2001, Transitions Abroad Magazine.
  • « Discovering Heritage and More by Studying Abroad, August 2, 2001, Black Issues in Higher Education Magazine.

Alex has presented at the following conferences:

  • "Évangéliques français: une cinquième colonne américaine?" Plenary address for the 2015 conference of the Conseil Protestant de Strasbourg.
  • "Let every nation sing: Musique évangélique et influence américaine en France" presentation at the conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion, Leuvain-la-Neuve, Belgieum, July 2015.
  • « Taking faith abroad, challenges and opportunities for the resident director », panel discussion at Forum for Education Abroad conference, Dublin, Ireland, December 2012.
  • « Are evangelical churches a good place to learn about French culture? » Presentation at the conference Reflections Abroad, Perspectives on Culture, Identity and Self, organized by CEA Global Education, Paris, May 2012.
  • « L’école amish, entre tradition et modernité », Conference of Association française de l’histoire de l’anabaptisme mennonite, Ste. Marie-aux-Mines, France, January 2012. Read the article
  • « L’évangélisme américain, des repères pour comprendre le film ‘Jesus Camp’ »,Conference-debate at film viewing organized by Protestant university chaplaincy, Strasbourg, France, December 2007.
  • « Évangéliques en réseau, l’influence américaine sur l’évangélisme français, bilan de recherche », Conference of doctoral students, University of Strasbourg, France October 2007.
  • «Cette Amérique qui votera Bush», Café-debate organized by Aumônerie Universitaire Protestante at the University of Strasbourg, France, October 2004.

Alex was featured in fall 2012 edition of The Bridge magazine.

Andrea Neff

Andrea Neff, assistant director Accès Study AbroadOriginally from Maryland, Andrea studied abroad for the first time at the age of 17 in Israël.  Since then, she has worked or studied all over the world.  She graduated from Messiah College with a degree in family studies and art.  She has earned a certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and has taught in France and South Korea.  Since 1997, she and Alex have lived in France where her main occupation has been raising their five boys.  She currently works as the Accès assistant director.  





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