Graduate training for the PhD in Romance Studies at Duke University combines work in one or more languages taught in the department (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Haitian Creole) with a broad methodological formation in literary and cultural analysis, critical theory, visual studies, and history. Our aim is to provide a combination of depth of knowledge in particular fields with a breadth of intellectual engagement and dialogue. We strongly encourage students to draw broadly on the strength of the faculty within Romance Studies as well as to work with faculty in other departments.

The training involves course work, the preparation of portfolios for the Preliminary Examination (Portfolio Exam), and participation in departmental workshops as well as in the variety of opportunities available at Duke University. These include involvement in the Franklin Humanities Institute’s innovative Humanities Labs, participation in graduate working groups sponsored by the Humanities Institute, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and numerous other units at Duke. Our students also are nominated for a variety of Duke graduate and teaching fellowships, and participate in annually offered inter-institutional exchanges and projects with universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Graduate Student News

The Department congratulates graduate alumnus Micah True, now an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, who has published his book on the Jesuit Mission ethnography in seventh-... read more »

Second year graduate student Sandie Blaise is using her experiences with Haitian writers to guide her studies at Duke. Blaise is a student in the Romance Studies department, focusing on French and Francophone studies. “I decided to do my PhD here... read more »

As a third year graduate student in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Ana Ugarte is investigating disease narratives in colonial countries. Through her research Ugarte plans to look specifically at how different health factors, like the spread... read more »

First-year graduate student Filippo Screpanti is building on his cross-cultural background to study early modernity. Screpanti, who grew up in Rome and Paris, decided to focus his studies on French and Italian because of his fluency in the... read more »

By combining policy with Latin American studies, Stephanie Reist is exploring issues of land claims and displacement in South America. Reist, from Oak Park, Illinois, is currently a fourth year graduate student in the Latin American studies... read more »

First-year graduate student Nicolás Sánchez Rodriguez is combining his diverse academic background into a truly interdisciplinary Romance Studies education. As a student on the Latin American studies track, Sánchez Rodriguez is planning on... read more »