Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies Program

The Comparative Studies Program has tracks in Cultures, Languages and Literatures (humanities), Culture, Society and Politics (social sciences), and Design, Aesthetics and the Arts. These are designed as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses of study that enable doctoral students to develop expertise within traditional disciplines and across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.


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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 human societies, 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, CSP, and DAA programs 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.

The CLL track focuses primarily on humanities research and has areas of strength in Literature and Migration, Rhetoric and Composition, U.S. Multiethnic Literatures, Science Fiction, Early Modern Literatures, Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment, Modernity and Postmodernity, Space and Place in Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Culture, Literatures and Cultures of the Americas, and Peace, Justice and Human Rights.  

The CSP track focuses on social science research and has areas of strength in (Anthropology) sociocultural and medical anthropology, bioarcheology, ethnoarcheology, zooarchaeology, and primatology; (Sociology) studies of gender, agriculture, adulthood, adolescence, childhood, race, social class and economics; (Political Science) comparative politics, American politics, international relations, public policy and law, post-conflict resolution, democracy and democratization, political behavior, and quantitative methods.

The DAA track focuses on the philosophy of aesthetics and the fine arts, including especially somaesthetics (the specialty of Academic Program Head Richard Shusterman), the theory and philosophy of design (a strength bolstered by a partnership with the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art in Ramat Gan Israel), architecture, visual art, visual culture, art history, and multimedia (including digital games). Musicology and theatrology are also possible academic paths.

The curriculum in each of these tracks also draws from many disciplines in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and across the broader university. With accomplished faculty and Eminent Scholars, our program is proud to offer an innovative, rigorous, transdisciplinary 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.


Eric Berlatsky, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and
Director of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Studies

Lucas Wilson, Graduating Summer 2022, receives Faculty of Arts Postdoctoral Fellowship in Justice, Equity and Transformation at University of Calgary
Recent Comparative Studies Program Graduate, Carmen Duarte, Receives Florida Book Award
Carmen Duarte, Ph.D. a graduate of FAU’s Comparative Studies program, recently received the 2021 Florida Book Awards Silver Medal in the Spanish Language category for her research book Etnia, raza y sexualidad en la dramaturgia...
Comparative Studies Program Graduate, Carmen Duarte, Receives 2021 Florida Book Award
Carmen Duarte, Ph.D. graduate of FAU’s Comparative Studies program, recently received the 2021 Florida Book Awards Silver Medal in the Spanish Language category for her research book Etnia, raza...
FAU Center for Mind, Body, and Culture Announces Fall 2021 Coffee Colloquium Lecture Series

Lucas Wilson, Ph.D. Candidate

Lucas Wilson is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies under the supervision of Alan Berger, FAU’s Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair for Holocaust Studies. In the past year, Wilson has had his work published... Read More

Kitty Oliver, Ph.D.

Dr. Kitty Oliver is a veteran journalist, oral historian, author, and television and radio producer who came of age with integration in America. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. focusing on race and ethnic communication... Read More