Adriana Mendez Rodenas

September 23, 2020 Adriana Méndez Rodenas is a scholar of Latin American literature. Born in Havana, she received her master’s degree in Romance Studies from Duke and her Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell. Dr. Méndez Rodenas has authored groundbreaking work on... read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Adriana Méndez Rodenas »

Ofelia Lopez headshot

The Purpose Project at Duke has announced the inaugural cohort of the Race and the Professions Fellowship, a year-long program that will explore the challenges of racial inequities and the work of antiracism in the professions, the broader community, and the ... read more about Ofelia Lopez Named a Race and the Professions Fellow with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke »

Filippo Screpanti and team members

September 2, 2020 Wellness is an underappreciated aspect of academic performance, often overlooked in the never-ending deluge of experiments, readings, papers, and exams in the lives of graduate and postdoctoral researchers. Maintaining optimal physical and mental health is important; when... read more about Unity in Diversity: Leading through a Crisis »

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August 26, 2020   Amanda Suhey received her Ph.D. in Romance Studies in 2016, with a focus on Latin American culture and visual studies. Her doctoral research sparked interests that took her on an unexpected career trajectory, eventually leading to her current role as... read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Amanda Suhey »

Deb Reisinger speaks to a class in front of a projector

No matter what you’re studying, there’s no escaping the role of language. It’s just how humans communicate. Yet, there is a generation of students whose experience with language classes consists almost entirely of conversations about a single subject: travel. “Language used to be taught in a... read more about A Practical Way to Learn a Language, and a New Perspective » read more about Putting the ‘Global’ Back Into Global Pandemic, Part 6 & 7 »

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 identify strategies, recounts Sam Hunnicutt, Ph.D.... read more about Discovering Possibilities for a Mobile, Multi-Lingual Academic Career »


Congratulations to Romance Studies Ph.D. candidate, Anna Tybinko, who was awarded the 2020 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her dissertation project, “Urban Borderlands: African Writers in Precarious Spain, 1985-2008.” The fellowship provides a stipend,... read more about Anna Tybinko Awarded the 2020 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship  »


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 were selected on the basis of their scholarly... read more about Dr. Nicolás Sanchez Awarded Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University »

Helen Solterer standing against a wall with large photos in Belleville, France

In 2011, at the unveiling of a highway marker honoring Pauli Murray — the lawyer, priest, civil rights advocate, and Durham native — Helen Solterer began a literary journey through time and place. It was there that Solterer, a professor of Romance Studies, first learned of Murray’s poetry.... read more about Helen Solterer Wins Guggenheim Fellowship »