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

Sam Hunnicutt

How can you develop a professional profile that makes your teaching and research skills relevant in Europe? With the help of a Professional Development Grant, Romance Studies students Elia Romera-Figueroa and Anna Tybinko organized an event to... read more »


Congratulations to Romance Studies Ph.D. candidate, Anna Tybinko, who was awarded the 2020 Mellon/ACLS... read more »


Congratulations to Dr. Nicolás Sanchez (Duke Ph.D. 2020), who has been awarded a one-year residential postdoctoral fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University. The topic of this year's Pembroke Seminar is "Narrating Debt" and candidates... read more »

Ana Ugarte

Congratulations to Romance Studies graduate alumna, Ana Ugarte who was awarded the NEH Humanities Connections Grant for... read more »

Nicolas Sanchez

Congratulations to Romance Studies PhD student, Nicolás Sánchez, who was awarded the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for... read more »

Versatile Humanists

Congratulations to Ciro Incoronato and Alyssa Granacki, two of our PhD students, on being named... read more »