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: Fall 2023

Mondays: 03:00pm-04:15pm

Wednesdays: 02:15pm-03:30pm

& by appointment only on Thursdays

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


  • Elected CUR Councilor in the Arts and Humanities Division (CUR: Council on Undergraduate Research).

  • 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)

Published books

  • - Adabra, Kodjo. Human Folly, 2024. (Forthcoming book - Monograph)
    - Adabra, Kodjo. The Power of An Untamed Mindset: A Story of Resilience, Florida - USA: Gatekeeper Press, 2023. (Book - Memoir)
    - Adabra, Kodjo. La bêtise humaine, Lome - TOGO: Editions Awoudy, 2015. (Book - Novel)
    - Adabra, Kodjo. L'œuvre journalistique de Mongo Beti: Contours et regard critique. Saarbrücken - GERMANY: Presses Académiques Francophones, 2013. (Book - Monograph)
    - Adabra, Kodjo. L’exilé, Nice - FRANCE: Editions Syracuse, 2007. (Book - Novel)

  • PS. The list of my scholarly and peer-reviewed published articles is available upon request.

More About Me

My Geneseo Personal Website

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.