Kodjo Adabra

Associate Professor of Francophone Studies
Welles 209A

Kodjo Adabra has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2010. His primary research deals with sub-Saharan Francophone African literature from Post-colonial Africa, with a focus on diasporic literature, literary transnationalism, migration, identity and exile. He extensively worked on the journalistic work in PNPA (Peuples Noirs Peuples Africains) by Franco-Cameroonian author Alexandre Biyidi-Awala, alias Mongo Beti. He also developed secondary research interests in African cinema, nego-feminism and sociolinguistics. 

In addition to his awards and recognitions at SUNY Geneseo, he received the SUNY System-wide Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020, and the Chancellor's Award for Internationalization (CAFI) in 2011.


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Office Hours: Spring 2023

Mondays: 02:30pm-04:00pm

Wednesdays: 02:30pm-04:00pm

Curriculum Vitae


  • - Ph.D., Francophone Literatures, University of Tennessee
    - M.A., French Studies, North Carolina State University
    - M.S., Management, Université de Lomé, Togo
    - B.S., Management, Université de Lomé, Togo


  • Member of :
    - ALA (African Literature Association)
    - CIEF (Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones)
    - AATF (American Association of Teachers of French)
    - NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

  • Proceedings Reviewer at NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research)


  • Adabra, Kodjo. Human Folly, 2024. (Book, 180 pp.) (Forthcoming)

  • Adabra, Kodjo. The Power of An Untamed Mindset: A Story of Resilience, Florida: Gatekeeper Press, 2023. (Book, 146 pp.)

  • Adabra, Kodjo. Rev. of Voyage au bout de l'enfance, by Rachid Benzine. The French Review 96.2 (2022): 207.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "Pouvoir et paradoxe féminins à l'écran d'Ousmane Sembene: Moolaade et Faat Kiné" Africana. Figures de femmes et formes de pouvoir, edited by Valerie Cossy and Christine Le Quellec Cottier, Editions Classiques Garnier, 2022, pp. 361-371.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "La Francophonie sous le regard critique du 'Franco-Africain': Mongo Béti mis en exergue" Revue de l'Université de Moncton 49.2 (2020) : 37-69.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "(Dé)construction du 'réel-fiction' et formation de la 'zone grise' chez Maryse Condé et Kangni Alem." 9na Edición de la Conferencia Científica Internacional de la Universidad de Holguín. Editorial ConCiencia Ediciones. ISBN: 978-959-7237-34-1 (2019).

  • Adabra, Kodjo. “La littérature togolaise dans le collimateur de la critique universitaire aux États-Unis.” Littérature Togolaise : Discours et figures d’autorité, edited by Anatole Koffi Molley, Editions Continents, 2018, pp. 263-284.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. Rev. of Kraft: fictions et épisodes, by Mahmoud Mahmoud N’Dongo. The French Review 89.4 (2016) : 272-73.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. " ‘Little Senegal’ ou le voyage solitaire vers l’imaginaire identitaire" French Literature Series XLI (2016) : 184-197.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. Rev. of La légende de l'assassin, by Kangni Alem. The French Review 89.3 (2016) : 251-52.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "Portée et analyse comparative de la pensée journalistique de Mongo Béti." Dalhousie French Studies 105 (2015) : 63-76.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. La bêtise humaine, Lome: Editions Awoudy, 2015.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "Peuples Noirs, Peuples Africains à la croisée idéologique avec Fanon et Achebe" Nouvelles Études Francophones 29.1 (2014): 129-46.

  • Adabra, Kodjo. L'œuvre journalistique de Mongo Beti: Contours et regard critique. Saarbrücken: Presses Académiques Francophones, 2013. Print. (228 pp.)

  • Adabra, Kodjo. "De l’engagement littéraire au complexe linguistique: Mongo Béti et Ngugi Wa Thiong’o en phase de transition. " L’Érudit Franco-Espagnol 1 (2012): 100-11.

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Other Interests

  • Creative writing
  • Study abroad in Senegal
  • French for Business
  • Poetry
  • Martial Arts (Shotokan Karate)


  • FREN 213: IntermedFrenchGrammCult&Comm

    An exploration of cultural and contemporary topics at the intermediate level via a variety of materials (such as print, film, internet, and/or music) and peer-oriented activities that enable students to continue developing the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course must be taken in residence.

  • FREN 314: Contemp Francophone Civ

    This course is a study of the main aspects of modern institutions and ways of life in the French-speaking world outside Europe (e.g., Africa, North America, and the Caribbean). Discussions are based on authentic sources from the Internet, books, magazines, recordings, and interviews. Aural and oral skills are emphasized.