Parfait Kouacou is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University. His research investigates the relation between Francophone African literary discourses and contemporary global issues. His research has received several honors and awards, including the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) Fellowship, the Dean K. Harrison Fellowship and the Early Research Initiative Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His recent roles as Co-Chair of the Africa Research Group (ARG) and as Human Rights Seminar Fellow at the Henri Peyre French Institute, CUNY, translate his strong interest in global affairs.
Parfait previously worked as a journalist, a public information officer and a human rights officer with the United Nations in Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to joining Drexel University, he had enjoyed teaching French language and culture to graduate and undergraduate students for six years in Arizona and New York.