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


Program News

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 Second-Hand Brides."

PhD Student Carmen Duarte Interviewed on CNN En Vivo

Duarte Interview
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

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 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 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.