Rokiatou Khafif Soumare
Assistant Professor and Chair, French Studies
Prof. Soumaré’s scholarship and teaching focus on Francophone Literature and Culture, French and Francophone Cinema, as well as 20th- and 21st-century French literature and culture.
Dr. Rokiatou Soumaré completed her doctorate in Francophone Literature at the University of Oklahoma in December 2016. At OU, she won the 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award for the Humanities and Fine Arts for her dissertation untitled: De Senghor à Mabanckou: parricide, rhizome et éthique de l’identité. She was also awarded five times the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for Outstanding Graduate Assistant. In addition to her literary degree, Dr. Soumaré holds a Master in Tourism and Hospitality Management and a Bachelor in City Planning from the University of Perpignan Via Domitia in France.
Professor Soumaré’s scholarship addresses the various ways in which Francophone and French authors express identity and converse about race, gender, social class, immigration and what should be the mission of writers.
Professor Soumaré ’s research and publications focus on the literature from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, North Africa and Quebec. She has published articles, on Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou’s aesthetic and on Léopold S. Senghor. In addition to these articles, she has published an interview with Mabanckou. Dr. Soumaré regularly presents her research at international conferences dedicated to Francophone Literature.