Welcome to the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies Program!


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies. The track in Cultures, Languages & Literatures (CLL) features an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that enables doctoral students to develop expertise within traditional disciplines as well as across disciplinary and cultural boundaries . 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 Scholarsour 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

Program News

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 immigration to the United States. Her full interview can be viewed at CNN.com.

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

Rhythm and Power Cover

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 co-editors Derrick León Washington and Sydney Hutchinson put together a collection of multi-disciplinary approaches to the cultural influences of salsa in New York City and Puerto Rico. Copies can be purchased from CUNY’s Centro Press

PhD Student Jason O'Connor to Provide Keynote at Nova Southeastern University's Exhibit, "Holocaust by Bullets"

Holocaust By Bullets

Jason O'Connor, a student in the PhD in Comparative Studies program, will speak at the opening reception of Nova Southeastern University's exhibit, "Holocaust by Bullets." This traveling exhibit displays Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum's investigations into mass executions that took place in the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1944. The exhibit includes videotaped eye-witness testimonies about this lesser known side of the Holocaust. The event will take place at Nova's Cotilla Gallery on Sunday, September 10, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. 

PhD Students & Faculty Participate in Workshop with Angela Davis

Davis Workshop

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 functioned primarily as a question and answer exchange with Davis. The workshop took place in the Ritter Gallery before Davis’ presentation at the University Theater on February 23, 2017.

Alum Publishes Book on Early Modern Spanish Theater


Elizabeth M. Cruz Petersen, PhD alumna, playwright and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at FAU, recently published her first book,  Women's Somatic Training in Early Modern Spanish Theater . In her text, she explores the somatic techniques of early modern Spanish actresses as they prepared for a role. Peterson’s text provides the first detailed look at 17th-century Spanish actresses, and contributes greatly to the fields of comedia studies and somaesthetics. 

Alum's Work Selected for Cambridge Scholars Human Rights Campaign

Images and Human Rights

PhD alumna Nancy Stein’s book  Images and Human Rights  has been selected by Cambridge Scholars Publishing for their December Human Rights Campaign. This international campaign celebrates texts promoting human rights in observance of annual Human Rights day on December 10th. Stein’s text discusses the ethical implications of image disbursal and how these images interact with human rights. The text integrates the research and work of healthcare advocates, human rights scholars and activists, photographers, and visual anthropologists. Included in the collection is a chapter by alumna Kitty Wahlberg, entitled “Sex Trafficking: The Visual construction of Suffering.”

Alum Appointed as Full-Time Assistant Professor

Shereen Siddiqui

Dr. Shereen Siddiqui, a 2015 graduate of the program, has recently accepted a full-time Assistant Professorship position at Santiago Canyon College in the Women's Studies department. Dr. Siddiqui has taught courses in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Sociology; and Freshman Programs at FAU since 2001. Drawing from her teaching experiences and feminist theories, her doctoral dissertation, Teaching to Transform: Toward an Action-oriented Feminist Pedagogy in Women’s Studies, focuses on how to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the college classroom through experiential learning and engaged teaching.

Alum Appointed to Assistant Dean of Students at Clark University

Nadja Johnson

Dr. Nadja Johnson, a 2012 graduate of the program, was recently appointed as Assistant Dean of Students at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Clark, she was Director of Diversity and Student Success at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. Read Clark's announcement here.


 Last Modified 10/4/17