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Cécile Accilien, Ph.D.

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
Ph.D., French, Tulane University
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 11
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045

Cécile Accilien is Associate Professor of Haitian Studies and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies in the Department of African and African-American Studies. Her primary areas of interest include Haitian Studies, Gender Studies and Film Studies.


Ph.D., French, Tulane University

M.A., Francophone Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

B.A., French Literature & Civilization, Montclair State University

Research Interests

  • Haitian Studies
  • Francophone Studies (Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Louisiana)
  • Womens Studies
  • African Diaspora Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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