Rokiatou Soumare

Assistant Professor
French Studies


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.

Fall 2017:
FREN 240 French Contemporary Issues
FREN 480 Seminar in Francophone literature (Section A and B)

Spring 2018:
FREN 260 Culture of the Francophone World (Section A and B)
FREN 340 Francophone Women Writers

Fall 2018:
FREN 270 Conversational French and Film (Section A and B)
FREN 440 French Fiction of the Twentieth Century