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 Language Outreach Initiatives at Duke, overseeing the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program and the Shared Course Initiative for Less Commonly Taught Languages.

She is the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007), Community-based Language Learning: A Framework for Educators, co-authored with Joan Clifford (Georgetown Press, 2019), and the forthcoming Affaires globales: S'engager dans le monde professionnel en français - niveau avancé, co-authored with Mary Beth Raycraft and Nathalie Dieu-Porter (Georgetown Press, 2021). She has published a number of articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes. 

Deb teaches courses in service-learning, global displacement, and French for Specific Purposes, including global health, business, and advertising. Her current research focuses on transformative learning and community-based pedagogies.

She 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 - Chapel Hill 2001
  • M.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 1995
  • B.A., University of Kansas 1992

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Transformative Learning: A Shared Intellectual Interest Across the University awarded by Intellectual Community Planning Grant (2020)

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

Language Matters II: African Resettlement in Durham, NC awarded by Duke Africa Initiative (2018)

Language Matters: African Resettlement in Durham, NC awarded by Duke Africa Initiative (2017)

Fellow awarded by Duke Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2016)

Refugee resettlement in Québec awarded by Quebec-United States University Grant, Ministère des Relations Internationales du Québec (2016)

Major Academic Initiative Grant awarded by Ministère des Relations Internationales du Quebec (2013 to 2015)

Clifford, Joan, and Deborah S. Reisinger. Community-Based Language Learning A Framework for Educators. 2018.

Reisinger, D. S. Crime and media in contemporary France. 2007, pp. 1–153.

Calloway-Thomas, C., et al. “The role of empathy in fostering intercultural competence.” Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application, 2017, pp. 32–42. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315529257. Full Text

Reisinger, D., et al. “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, 2015, pp. 261–74. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-94-6300-085-7_20. Full Text

Reisinger, D. S. “Cézanne’s Certitude.” Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media, edited by R. Mitchell and J. Khalip, 2011.

Reisinger, D. S. “Writing Memory: Point kilométrique 190 and the Grimzi affaire.” New Approaches to Crime in French Literature, Culture and Film, edited by L. Harwick, Peter Lang, 2009, pp. 191–203.

Clifford, J. E., et al. “Course Management Systems and Foreign Language Curricula: The Case of Blackboard at Duke University.” The Heinle Professional Series in Language Instruction, edited by L. Lomika and J. Cooke-Plagwitz, Heinle, 2003, pp. 2–8.

Reisinger, D. S., et al. “Effective Uses of a Course Management System.” Teaching with Technology, edited by Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz and Lara Lomicka, Heinle.

Reisinger, Deborah. “Developing and Sustaining Community Partnerships.” The Language Educator, vol. 13.4, no. Oct/Nov 2018, 2018, pp. 31–34.

Ahern Dodson, J., and D. Reisinger. “Moving beyond corrective feedback: (Re)engaging with student writing in L2 through audio response.Journal of Response to Writing, vol. 3, no. 1, 2017, pp. 129–52.

Reisinger, D., and J. Clifford. “Transforming Learners through Intercultural Competence.” The Language Educator, 2015, pp. 70–73.

Reisinger, D. “Report on the Commission for French for Business and Economic Purposes.” American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin, vol. 40, no. 3, 2015, pp. 29–29.

Reisinger, D. “Across the Curriculum and into the Community.” The Language Educator, 2014, pp. 40–41.

Merschel, L. M., et al. “Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation.” The Language Educator, vol. 8, ACTFL, Oct. 2013.

Reisinger, D. S., et al. “Technology: Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation.” The Language Educator, vol. 8, Oct. 2013, pp. 44–47.

Reisinger, D. S. “Business Language Studies and Study Abroad in ‘A Changed ‘World.” Global Business Languages, edited by A. Wood, vol. 18, no. 3, 2013, pp. 23–39.

Reisinger, D. S. “Elle a une poitrine de tiroirs: Machine Translation in the Language Classroom.” American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin, vol. 38, no. 1, 2013.

Reisinger, D. S. “iPads in the Classroom.” American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin., vol. 37, no. 2, AATF, 2012.


Hicks, E. “Donner à voir: Guillaume de Lorris or the Impossible Romance.” Yale French Studies: Rereading Allegory: Essays in Honor of Daniel Poirin, edited by S. Amer and N. Guyun, translated by D. S. Reisinger, vol. 95, 1999, pp. 65–80.

Reisinger, Deb, and Joan Clifford. Shaping Multilingual Global Citizens. 8 Oct. 2018.

Reisinger, D. S. Identifying (with) the Writer: Audio Feedback on Student Drafts. Duke Faculty Write Program Guest Blog, Sept. 2012.

Reisinger, D. S. Web site of the month. 2008.

Reisinger, D. S. Creating e-stories. American Association of French Teachers, Oct. 2007.

Reisinger, D. S. Using Bandes annonces for oral testing. American Association of French Teachers, Apr. 2007.

Reisinger, D. S. Le Tour de France: sport et identité. UNC Center for European Studies, 2005.

Reisinger, D. French in Durham.