K. Adele Okoli

Associate Professor of French


Irby 415

(501) 450-5097

Dr. K. Adele Okoli is Associate Professor of French in affiliation with the African & African American Studies and Gender Studies Programs. She holds her doctorate in African American Studies and French from Yale University, where her dissertation was awarded the Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize in African American Studies and the History of Art. Her work in Francophone and Creolophone Caribbean Studies centers on discourses of race, gender, and desire, particularly in Haitian, Louisianan, and nineteenth-century French literature, art, and culture. Dr. Okoli’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in academic journals including Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theoryÉtudes FrancophonesGlobal Nineteenth-Century Studies, and the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, as well as non-academic venues such as A Woman’s Paris, The Luxembourg Review, and The Haitian Times. As an advocate of linguistic diversity as a human right, Dr. Okoli has offered several community presentations and workshops on the history and language of Haitian Creole, which she speaks fluently, and she is a CMI (nationally Certified Medical Interpreter). She is the faculty advisor of the African Student Association for 2023-2024.