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

Rendon Foy Educates Local Community

Romance Studies graduate student Rendon Foy has already formed close ties with the Durham community. Foy serves as a volunteer for the Durham Literacy Center, teaching students in the... read more »

David Dulceany Makes Interdisciplinary Connections

Fifth year graduate student David Dulceany merges his diverse interests, including Caribbean literature, diasporas, and digital humanities into numerous projects at Duke. Dulceany is a Romance Studies graduate student, focusing on Spanish and... read more »

Pietro Bianchi Publishes First Book

Romance Studies Department 3rd year graduate student Pietro Bianchi has just published his first book Jacques Lacan and Cinema: Imaginary, Gaze, Formalisation. Prior to coming to Duke, Bianchi studied at the University of Bologna and at... read more »

Graduate Student Wins Naomi Schor prize

Graduate student Kasia Stempniak’s paper, “L’île de la toilette:  Fashion and Space in Flaubert’s Le Château des cœurs and L’Éducation sentimentale,” won the Naomi Schor prize for best paper presented by a graduate... read more »

Micah True's Masters and Students

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 »

Sandie Blaise Follows Haitian Diaspora

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 »