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The Ph.D. Program in English


Emory’s PhD program in English is both intellectually adventuresome and collegial. Because the program is small and the faculty is deep and wide-ranging in its expertise, students receive close mentoring as they become innovative researchers and teachers in their own right.

The department supports students in all fields of literary and cultural studies from the Medieval to the contemporary. We have particular strengths in the early modern period, African-American literature, postcolonial literature and theory, disability studies, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature of the United States, digital humanities, modern poetry and poetics, and Irish literature.

Graduate students can draw on extensive archival collections in Woodruff Library and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library in the fields of Irish and African American literature, as well as the renowned Danowski Collection of twentieth-century poetry.

Because of our commitment to interdisciplinarity, we encourage students to take advantage of Emory's strengths in related programs and disciplines. Our graduate students may enroll in courses in other departments, several of which have certificate programs, such as Comparative Literature; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; African American Studies; Bioethics; and Psychoanalytic Studies.


Photo: Chapbooks and first edition of Poems on Various Subjects, Phyllis Wheatley collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library.