Bernard is a historian and lecturer in modern history and Deputy Director of CRHIA/RCAIH – Research Centre for Atlantic and International History at the University of Nantes (France). His main research themes relate to the history of French and European trading ports in the 17th and 18th centuries. He also works on the history of the enslaved people trade and colonial slavery. He has participated in many exhibitions as a member of the Advisory Board. He has published several books and articles. He is used to working in networks with European, American and African colleagues.