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.
Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D.
Director of Comparative Studies
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
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.
Alum Appointed as Full-Time Assistant Professor
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
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.