Sana  Abdi

Sana  Abdi

Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2022

Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Manouba, Tunisia
Agrégation, École Normale Supérieure/University of Manouba, Tunisia
B.A., École Normale Supérieure/University of Manouba, Tunisia


North African Literature and Culture




Postcolonial & Decolonial Studies

Comparative Literature

Sana Abdi’s research interests include Francophone and Arabophone postcolonial literature, stylistics, bilingualism, and translation. Her current book project “Arabic at the heart of French: Linguistic and Literary Expressions” considers the ways in which Arabic, textually and intertextually, permeates the French verse in North African contemporary poetry. By identifying and parsing linguistic and literary references to Arabic in the French corpus, she explores the stylistic expressions of bilingual writing and its reception. Abdi has published peer-reviewed articles in Expressions Maghrébines and Les Lettres Romanes.

Prior to joining Connecticut College in 2022, Abdi taught language, literature, and culture courses at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Virginia, and the University of Kairouan, Tunisia. Abdi’s courses are interdisciplinary with topics such as colonization and the wars of independence, identity and belonging, sexuality and gender expression in North African society, identity and immigration, Islam, and Islamic mysticism.

Abdi provides her students with opportunities for learning and growth through a wide range of literatures and cultures within the Francophone World. By utilizing a variety of interactive multimodal activities, Abdi strives to teach the French language and Francophone cultures in ways that will remain with the students long after they leave the classroom.

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Majoring in French.

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Mailing Address

Sana  Abdi
Connecticut College
Box # FRENCH/Blaustein Humanities Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


204 Blaustein Humanities Center