René Chamussy was born on the 15th of December 1936 in the French city of Lyon (Rhône). A French citizen, he received his Lebanese citizenship in 2012.

He entered the Jesuit Order in 1956 and moved to Lebanon in 1960. He stayed there for 2 years before leaving and coming back in 1969, after which he remained in Lebanon until his passing on the 27th of October 2016.

Academic path

  • Baccalaureate Part II (1995- Lyon)
  • Certificate of Higher Education (1956- Lyon)
  • License certificates French-Latin-Greek- English (1959- Paris-Sorbonne)
  • Philosophical studies (1962-1964- Chantilly) and theological studies (1965-1969- Lyon)
  • Undergraduate degree in Literature (1986- USJ)
  • Master of Advanced Studies in Sociology (1995- USJ)
  • PhD in Humanities – Sociology section (June 2002- USJ)

Professional life

  • 1969-1975: Centre Culturel Universitaire (University Cultural Center) (Beirut – Lebanon)
  • 1972-1976: Director of the Travaux et Jours journal
  • 1977 and on: Professor at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, USJ
  • 1978-1985: Director of the Welcome and Information Center, USJ
  • 1980-1990: Counselor of Studies at the Beirut School of Translators and Interpreters
  • 1985-1995: Head of the Sociology and Anthropology Department of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, USJ
  • 1989-1995: Director of the Institute of Languages and Translation and of the Beirut School of Translators and Interpreters
  • 1993-1995: Vice-Dean of FLSH
  • 1995-2000: Dean of FLSH
  • 2000-2003: Vice-Rector of Human Resources
  • 2003-2012: Rector of USJ
  • 2012-2016: Rector Emeritus of USJ
  • Member of the USJ Strategic Council
  • Manager of the Research and Development Company


  • National Order of Merit (2001)
  • Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor (2007)
  • Commander in the Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2012)

Publications and speeches
Professor Chamussy published numerous articles, research works, and books in multiple languages, most notably in:

  • Travaux et Jours journal, Beirut
  • Etudes journal, Paris
  • Civilita Cattolica, Rome
  • The Month, London
  • Projet journal, Paris
  • Chronique d'une guerre: le Liban, 1975-1977, Desclée 1978, 280 p. (Association France-Liban prize, 1982)
  • The Sociology and Anthropology Annals of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, «Chroniques Politiques» series
  • «L'enfance maltraitée au Liban, que faire? » in Chroniques sociales, nº 11-12 1997

His speeches delivered on St. Joseph Day, Patron Saint of USJ, while he was Rector can also be added to this list.