Kathryn Kleppinger

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6935
[email protected]

Kathryn Kleppinger completed her PhD in the Joint program in French literature and French Studies at New York University in 2011 and received her Master’s Degree in French literature from Bryn Mawr College in 2004. Her teaching and research interests center around contemporary French and Francophone literature, in particular how writing from outside metropolitan France influences and shapes conceptions of the French literary canon. She has published articles on Francophone literature from several regions, including Algeria, Morocco, Congo, and Cameroon. Her book, Branding the Beur Author: Minority Writing and the Media, 1983-2013 (Liverpool University Press, 2015) studies the television and radio reception of novels written by the descendants of North African immigrants to France.


  • Branding the Beur Author: Minority Writing and the Media in France, 1983-2013. Liverpool University Press, 2015.
  • French Cultural Studies in the 21st Century. Ed. with Masha Belenky and Anne O’Neil-Henry. The University of Delaware Press, 2017.
  • Post-Migratory Postcolonial Cultures in France. Ed. with Laura Reeck. Forthcoming, 2018 installment of Liverpool University Press's Francophone Postcolonial Studies series.
  • “When opposites collide: social commentary and satire in French rap before and after Charlie Hebdo.” Contemporary French Civilization. 41.2 (Summer 2016): 197-216.
  • “Alain Mabanckou’s Subversion of Stereotypes Through Humour.” Essays in French Literature and Culture. 52 (November 2015).
  • “There’s something about Paris.” American Literary History. 27.4 (Winter 2015): 820-830.
  • “Paris, an Afropean City: Urban Activism in Works by Alain Mabanckou and Léonora Miano.” Dominic Thomas and Nicki Hitchcott, eds. Francophone Afropean Literatures. Liverpool University Press, 2014.
  • “Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur beur?” Postcolonial Studies: modes d’emploi. Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2013:185-202.
  • “New Ideas of France: The Reconceptualization of Nation-Based History and Culture in Alain Mabanckou’s Demain j’aurai vingt ans.” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites. 17.2 (March 2013): 220-26.
  • “L'invention du roman beur: les premiers auteurs d’origine beure à la télévision,” in Intrangers, ed. Ilaria Vitali.  Academia Bruylant, 2012: 21-46.
  • “What’s wrong with the littérature-monde manifesto?” Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites. 14.1 (January 2010): 77-84.