Comparative Studies Program
The Comparative Studies Program has tracks in Cultures, Languages and Literatures (humanities) and Culture, Society and Politics (social sciences). 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.
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 and the CSP 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.
Primary areas of strength for the CLL 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. Primary areas of strength for the CSP program include studies of sociocultural and medical anthropology; bioarchaeology, ethnoarchaeology, zooarchaeology and primatology (anthropology); gender, agriculture, adulthood, adolescence, childhood, race, social class and economics (sociology); comparative politics, American politics, international relations, public policy and law, post-conflict resolution, democracy and democratization, political behavior and quantitative methods (political science). The curriculum in both programs 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