Boukary Sawadogo

Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Black Studies

As an African cinemas scholar and media professional, Dr Boukary Sawadogo’s multifaceted work seeks to give voice and presence work to film/media productions that developed outside of hegemonic paradigms of Hollywood cinema model. Dr. Sawadogo has published extensively on African cinema, including film reviews, articles, book chapters, and books. His three single-authored books on African cinema are required readings in several courses on African cinema that are taught at American universities. These books are: • “West African Screen Media: Comedy, TV Series, and Transnationalization” (Michigan State University Press, 2019) • “African Film Studies: An Introduction” (Routledge, 2018) • “Les cinémas francophones ouest africains, 1990-2005" (Harmattan, 2013) Dr. Boukary Sawadogo has regularly appeared in the media to speak about cinema and media in Africa, Harlem, and African immigrants in the United States. He has experience serving as jury member in film festivals in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. Dr. Sawadogo is also a regular guest speaker at universities, and research and cultural organizations. Beyond film and media industries, Dr. Boukary Sawadogo's work is widening in scope and depth to interrogate the place and trajectory of Africa today in the world through the diasporas. In this respect, he has authored “Africans in Harlem: An Untold New York Story" (2022) with Fordham University Press.

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • African Cinemas
  • African Diaspora
  • African Film and Media Industry
  • African Immigration in New York
  • Harlem


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Boukary Sawadogo

Born in Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Boukary Sawadogo was educated in Burkina Faso, Senegal and the USA. His research and teaching interests are focused on African cinema, documentary and Black world experience. Boukary has published extensively on Francophone African cinema, including a book Les Cinémas francophones ouest africains, 1900-2005. HIs documentary Salut Y'al: African Teachers on the Bayou was selected by the 2013 African World Documentary Film Festival. 

The newest directions of Boukary's research include the study of comedy and digital technologies in African cinemas, African TV series, and the questions of identity and mobility in the African diaspora. In that regard, Boukary is currently working on his second book project on comedy and entertainment in African cinema.