Deborah Reisinger

Deborah Reisinger

Associate Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

External address: 06 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Internal address: Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Phone: (919) 660-2420

Deb Reisinger, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies, affiliate faculty in the Duke Global Health Institute and Associate Director of the Markets and Management Studies program. She is Director of the Duke Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program, which offers courses in environmental studies, public policy, and global health in 8+ languages.

Reisinger teaches courses in French for Specific Purposes, including global health, business, and marketing. She is the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007) and Community-based Language Learning: A Framework for Educators, co-authored with Joan Clifford (Georgetown Press, 2019). She has also published numerous articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes. Her current research focuses on Central African refugee resettlement and linguistic marketing.

Reisinger is Chair of the College Board's World Languages Academic Advisory Committee and co-chair of the AP French Language and Culture Exam development committee. From 2013-2018, she served as Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on French for Specific Purposes. 

Deb regularly directs Duke summer study abroad programs, including Duke in Aix-en-Provence, Duke in Montréal, and Duke in Paris


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2001
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1995
  • B.A., University of Kansas 1992

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Resident Fellow awarded by Institute for American Universities (Aix-en-Provence, France) (2019)

Clifford, J, and Reisinger, DS. Community-Based Language Learning A Framework for Educators. November 2018.

Reisinger, DS. Crime and media in contemporary France. December 1, 2007.

Calloway-Thomas, C, Arasaratnam-Smith, LA, and Deardorff, DK. "The role of empathy in fostering intercultural competence." Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application. July 20, 2017. 32-42. Full Text

Reisinger, D, Clifford, J, Deardorff, D, and Whetten, K. "Cultures and languages across the curriculum in global health: New curricular pathways toward internationalization." Critical Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum in Disciplines: Reflective Narrative Accounts from Business, Education and Health. January 1, 2015. 261-274. Full Text

Reisinger, DS, and Reisinger, DS. "Cézanne’s CertitudeCézanne’s Certitude." Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media. Ed. R Mitchell, J Khalip, R Mitchell, and J Khalip. 2011.

Reisinger, DS. "Writing Memory: Point kilométrique 190 and the Grimzi affaire." New Approaches to Crime in French Literature, Culture and Film. Ed. L Harwick. London: Peter Lang, 2009. 191-203.

Clifford, JE, Earp, S, and Reisinger, D. "Course Management Systems and Foreign Language Curricula: The Case of Blackboard at Duke University." The Heinle Professional Series in Language Instruction. Ed. L Lomika and J Cooke-Plagwitz. Heinle, 2003. 2-8.

Reisinger, DS, Earp, S, and Clifford, J. "Effective Uses of a Course Management System." Teaching with Technology. Ed. J Cooke-Plagwitz and L Lomicka. Heinle.

Reisinger, D. "Developing and Sustaining Community Partnerships." The Language Educator 13.4.Oct/Nov 2018 (2018): 31-34.

Ahern Dodson, J, and Reisinger, D. "Moving beyond corrective feedback: (Re)engaging with student writing in L2 through audio response." Journal of Response to Writing 3.1 (2017): 129-152.

Reisinger, D, and Clifford, J. "Transforming Learners through Intercultural Competence (Accepted)." The Language Educator (2015): 70-73.

Reisinger, D. "Report on the Commission for French for Business and Economic Purposes." American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin 40.3 (2015): 29-29.

Reisinger, D. "Across the Curriculum and into the Community." The Language Educator (2014): 40-41.

Merschel, LM, Reisinger, D, and Clifford, J. "Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation." The Language Educator 8 (October 2013). (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS, Merschel, L, and Clifford, J. "Technology: Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation." The Language Educator 8 (October 2013): 44-47.

Reisinger, DS. "Business Language Studies and Study Abroad in ‘A Changed ‘World." Ed. A Wood. Global Business Languages 18.3 (2013): 23-39.

Reisinger, DS. "Elle a une poitrine de tiroirs: Machine Translation in the Language Classroom." American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin 38.1 (2013).

Reisinger, DS. "iPads in the Classroom." American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin. 37.2 (2012).


Hicks, E. "Donner à voir: Guillaume de Lorris or the Impossible Romance." Ed. Amer, S and Guyun, N. Trans. Reisinger, DS. Yale French Studies: Rereading Allegory: Essays in Honor of Daniel Poirin 95 (1999): 65-80. (Journal Issue)