Sarah Davies Cordova

  • Professor, Global Studies (French program)


  • Ph.D, French Literature, UCLA, 1993
  • Senior Research Fellow, Humanities, University of Johannesburg

Teaching Schedule

Course Num Title Meets
FRENCH 332-001 Reading French Texts MW 2:30pm-3:45pm
FRENCH 431-001 Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: Écrire Haïti hier et aujourd'hui W 4:30pm-7:10pm
FRENCH 731-001 Seminar in Literature of the Francophone World: Écrire Haïti hier et aujourd'hui W 4:30pm-7:10pm

Teaching Interests

  • 19th-21st Centuries Antillean and Sub-Saharan Francophone literatures and cultures
  • Literary genres
  • Women's Writings

Research Interests

  • 19th – 21st Centuries French and Francophone literatures and cultures
  • Women's fictional autobiographies and life stories
  • Representations in and of dance of post/colonial (hi)stories


Related Activities

  • Chair, MALLT Coordinating Committee
  • Co-Coordinator, Festival of Films in French
  • Advisor, M.A. in French & Francophone Language, Literature and Culture
  • Co-Organiser, LACUSL Speakers Series
  • 1997- present,  Reviewer, World Literature Today.
  • Chair, Editorial Board, Society of Dance History Scholars (2012-2015)
  • Director, Study Abroad, Paris, France (2013)

World Literature Today Book Reviews

  • “Gaël Faye. Petit Pays.” World Literature Today (July-Aug 2018): 78-79.
  • “Véronique Tadjo. En compagnie des hommes.” World Literature Today 91:6 (Nov-Dec 2017): 79-80.
  • “Lyonel Trouillot.  La belle amour humaine.” WLT  86:2 (March-April 2012): 73.
  • “Lyonel Trouillot.  L’Amour avant que j’oublie. ” WLT 82:4 (July-August 2008): 69.
  • “Louis-Philippe Dalembert. Les Dieux voyagent la nuit.” WLT 81:4 (July-August 2007): 60.
  • “Elvire Jean-Jacques Maurouard. L’Alchimie des rêves.” WLT 80: 2 (March-April 2006): 58.
  • “Evelyne Trouillot. Rosalie l’Infâme.”  WLT 78:3-4 (Sept-Dec 2004): 119.
  • “Lyonel Trouillot. Rue des pas perdus.” WLT 73:4 (Autumn 1999): 796.

Recent Professional Service

March 11, 2019
Co-organiser and Convener: “From Immigrant to Migrant – The Politics of (French) Hospitality,” in conversation with Azouz Begag, French Minister for the Promotion of Equal Opportunity, Special Collections, UWM

January 25, 2019
Organizer and Convener: Laura Wagner (Duke University) “Bringing Memory Home : The Digital Repatriation of the Archives of Radio Haïti-Inter”, AGSL, UWM

October 2018
Organiser & convener: “A celebration of Petit Pays and its translation Small Country” with Franco-Rwandese Rapper, Composer and Novelist, Gaël Faye, & musical accompaniement by Paul Cebar, Hefter Center, UWM

October 27, 2017
Organiser, “When Words and Images Matter: Challenges to our Times - A Conversation with Christiane Taubira & Raoul Peck”

September 22, 2017
A conversation-presentation with Yanick Lahens: “Writing in Haiti and Telling Stories of Universal Human Truths”, Special Collections, Golda Meir Libraries, UWM

March 15, 2017
A conversation with Carine Kaneza: “Crisis in Burundi”, IWA and FICL, Special Collections, Golda Meir Libraries, UWM

April 12, 2016
A conversation with Kettly Mars: “Parole-femme – Woman’s words from and about Haïti”, Special Collections, UWM Golda Meir Library, UWM

March 22, 2016
In Conversation with Josephine Bacon, Special Collections, Golda Meir Libraries, UWM

March 10, 2015
Conversation with Rodney Saint-Éloi: “What is Francophonie? Haitian and Quebec Perspectives in Conversation and Poetry” with consecutive interpretation by Selima Ben Chagra, Hefter Conference Center, UWM

April 8, 2013
“Writing Past History: A round-table conversation with internationally acclaimed novelists: Myriam Chancy, Louis Philippe Dalembert, Daniel Vyleta,” UWM

November 7, 2013
Organised talk: “Lumumbist Women and the Decolonization of the Congo,” Prof. Karen Bouwer, University of San Francisco

April 13, 2012
Moderator, panel “Post-genocide Rwanda: Restitution, Retribution & Recovery” with Drs Rangira Béa & Tim Gallimore (Step Up!) & Sarah Gendron, Marquette University

March 2012
Co-organiser of International Conference “Haiti 2012 : Dreams & Reality -- pays rêvé, pays reel” with writers L.-P. Dalembert, Y. Lahens, L. Trouillot; film-maker A. Antonin; Art Historian & curator M. Perodin-Jérôme; and artist E. Duval-Carrié, Milwaukee, WI (March 5-9):

Selected Publications

Davies Cordova, Sarah P.“Book Review "En compagnie des hommes" by Véronique Tadjo. (Paris: Don Quichotte éditions. 2017)” in World Literature Today (WLT)Oklahoma: (Nov-Dec 2017). (2017): 79-80.
Profeta, Katherine . Dramaturgy in Motion: At Work on Dance and Movement PerformanceEd. Davies Cordova, Sarah P. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. 2015: pp. 263