Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies Program

The Cultures, Languages and Literatures Program at Florida Atlantic University is designed as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that enables doctoral students to develop expertise within traditional disciplines and across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.

Welcome to the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies. At the heart of our program is our strong belief that cultures, languages and literatures are most fruitfully understood through comparative modes of analysis that include an ever-changing landscape of theory and methodologies. The objectives of the CLL Program are to produce scholars who will teach at the university/college level in more than one academic discipline and in interdisciplinary programs, and who will be able to conduct research that crosses over traditional boundaries in an effort to develop new insights. While most graduates of the program will prepare for the challenges of the academy in an increasingly globalized society, others will prepare for a variety of nonacademic positions in public and private organizations.

Primary areas of strength for this broadly based program include studies of literature and migration, rhetoric and composition, U.S. multiethnic literatures, early modern literatures, gender, sexuality and embodiment in literature, modernity and postmodernity in literature, space and place in literature, and postcolonial literature and culture. The curriculum also draws from many disciplines in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. With accomplished faculty and Eminent Scholars, our program is proud to offer an innovative, rigorous, yet flexible course of study. Each year we offer to the most qualified candidates excellent teaching and research fellowships. Our faculty, students and staff collaborate in constructing an energetic, productive and pleasurable learning community. 

I encourage you to explore the site to learn about our exciting program in more detail. I look forward to welcoming you into our unique program.


Adam Bradford, Ph.D.
Director of Comparative Studies



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PhD Students & Faculty Participate in Workshop with Angela Davis

PhD student participants of the Humanities and Social Justice Symposium were invited to take part in an exclusive workshop with Angela Davis. Participants read prepared selections of Davis’ work, and the 1-hour session... more

PhD Student Rachel Copley Wins Award at Florida Communication Association Convention

PhD student Rachel Copley recently won the award for "Best Graduate Student Paper" at the annual Florida Communication Association Convention. Her paper is entitled "Of Cookies, Dresses and Sex: Consumable Prostitutes and... more

PhD Student Carmen Duarte Interviewed on CNN En Vivo

PhD student Carmen Duarte, author of her most recent novel El inevitable rumbo de la brújula, was interviewed on CNN En Vivo on Friday, September 29. In her interview, she discusses writing in Cuba in the 1980's and her... more

PhD Student Priscilla Renta Co-Edits Rhythm & Power: Performing Salsa in Puerto Rican and Latino Communities

PhD student Priscilla Renta’s co-edited issue of Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies, entitled Rhythm & Power: Performing Salsa in Puerto Rican and Latino Communities, was released this late August. Renta, alongside... more