A photo of Connor Pruss

Connor Pruss

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: cpruss@ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall B12 Fields of interest: Central & West Africa, the French novel, 19th & 20th century Literature

As a PhD student, Connor Pruss studies African writers working in the French language. He is interested in the way these writers evoke themes of education and migration. Specifically, his research examines how discourses and themes of education are used to critique (neo)colonialism as well as the migrant experience between Africa and France. Additionally, he is interested in literary magazines as a cultural and educational medium.


  • Ph.D. French: University of California, Los Angeles (expected 2021)
  • B.A. English & French: University of Nebraska, Omaha (2012)

Selected Publications


  • “Rereading La Voix du Congolais: Small Magazines in Francophone Africa.” Études Francophones: déclin, nostalgie, deuil, etc. 30 (Spring 2019) 60-76.


  • Roman francophone et essai: Mudimbe, Chamoiseau, Khatibi by Olga Hel-Bongo, The French Review, (Forthcoming).
  • The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea by Reiland Rabaka,  African Studies Quarterly 17.3 (2017) 115-117.