Moustapha Ly

Moustapha Ly

Associate Professor, French & Francophone Studies

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What I do

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Professional Biography

Moustapha Ly majored in English and Anglophone Studies at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. After his pre-doctoral degree, he continued his studies in the US at Kansas State University where he earned an MA in Modern Languages and Literatures (French and Francophone Studies). Then, he was admitted to the graduate program of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his PhD in Francophone Studies on the oeuvre of Édouard Glissant. He specializes in postcolonial literatures and studies in the Francophone Caribbean and the Black Diaspora in general. His publications on the African novel of postcolonial disillusionment and in Francophone Caribbean literature have appeared in international and national journals such as The French Review, The Journal of African and Postcolonial Studies, Dalhousie French Studies.
He joined the University of Denver in Fall 2015 after one year of postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.


  • Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures (Francophone Studies), University of Michigan, 2014
  • MA, Modern Languages and Literatures (Francophone Studies), Kansas State University, 2008
  • MA, English and Anglophone Studies, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, 2004

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Collaborative Online International Learning Institute (COIL)
  • Certificate of Completing: Designing Online Course Short Course
  • Graduate Certificate in African Studies

Professional Affiliations

  • Caribbean Philosophical Association
  • African Literature Association
  • French Colonial Historical Society
  • Modern Language Association

Featured Publications

Ly, M. M. (2021). Le Nouvel Édouard Glissant: De l'opacité poétique à la limpidité politique. Paris, France: Connaissances et Savoirs.
Ly, M. M. (2021). Le tout-monde d'Édouard Glissant: une vision poétique et politique altermondialiste. French Review, 94(3), 167-79.
Ly, M. M. (2019). Deconstructing French Discourse on Immigration and National Identity in Quand les murs tombent: l'identité hors-la-loi? by Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau. . Journal of African and Postcolonial Studies Laboratory, Presses Universitaires de Dakar, 1(1), 11.


Ly, M. M. (2022). La re-présentation du migrant-nu dans la poétique historique d'Édouard Glissant. The French Colonial Historical Society Annual Conference: Transatlantic Dialogues. Charleston, SC: Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program/ French Colonial Historical Society/Huguenot Society of South Carolina.
Ly, M. M. (2022). Boubacar Boris Diop in conversation with Moustapha Ly on his writing processes and Murambi: The Book of Bones (2006). Neustadt International Prize Conversation. Denver: Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.
Ly, M. M. (2022). Ethnicity and Class in Africa and the Diasporas. The Dakar Translation Symposium: Africa and her Diasporas . Dakar: Rutgers University (Institute for the Study of Global Race) and NYU Abu-Dhabi, Université Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal and Université Assane Seck of Ziguinchor, Senegal.
Ly, M. M. (2019). Pan-Africanism, African Unity, Black Identity, Culture and Resistance. Development of African Immigrants. Denver: University of Denver.
Ly, M. M. (2019). "Quand les murs tombent d'Édouard Glissant et de Patrick Chamoiseau ou la redéfinition de la place de l'autre dans la nation française" . Society for French Studies Annual Conference. London, England: Society for French Studies UK.
Ly, M. M. (2019). "Portrait of the Enslaved African as a Stripped Migrant in Edouard Glissant's Poetics". First Annual Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference. Conway, South Carolina: Coastal Carolina University.
Ly, M. M. (2017). Immigration and National Identity in Quand les murs tombent: L'identité hors-la loi? by Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau. African Literature Association. New Haven: Yale University.


  • Internationalization Grant, Office of Internationalization
  • Rosenberry Grant, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Internationalization Grant, University of Denver