Department of Comparative Studies

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 Scholars , our program is proud to offer an innovative, rigorous, yet flexible course of study. Each year we offer to the most qualified candidates the 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.



Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D.
Director of Comparative Studies

Program News

Alum Ranked Third in Country

Shereen Siddiqui

Dr. Shereen Siddiqui, a 2015 graduate of the program, is ranked one of the top women’s studies professors in the country, according to RateMyProfessors.com. 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.

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Spring 2015 Graduation

Congratulations to our graduates who were awarded their degrees in May & August 2016: Michael Gold, Kenneth Brander, Gary Brooten, and Laura DeJong.


 Last Modified 9/28/16