Deborah Reisinger

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

External address: 
06 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Internal office address: 
Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
(919) 660-8435


Deb Reisinger, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Duke Global Health Institute and in Markets and Management Studies.

Reisinger teaches courses in French for Specific Purposes, including global health, business, and marketing. Her current research focuses on Central African refugee resettlement, community-based learning, and contemporary culture studies. She is the author of a book, Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007), as well as numerous articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes.

Reisinger directs the Duke in Montréal program each summer, which focuses on Quebec's vibrant arts industry. On campus, she is Director of the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) initiative, and oversees courses in 8 different languages in environmental studies, public policy, and global health.

Reisinger is currently Chair of the College Board's World Languages Academic Advisory Committee. She is also the College Board Advisor for the French AP exam, and serves on the AP exam development committee. Since 2013, she has served as Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on French for Business and Economic Purposes. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2001

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1995

  • B.A., University of Kansas 1992

Reisinger, DS. "Technology Applications for the Advanced Level: A Return to the Podcast." AATF National Bulletin 35, no. 4 (April 2010): 25-26.

Reisinger, DS. "Marketing to the World." (November 2008). (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS. "Student video projects." AATF National Bulletin 32, no. 2 (February 2007): 21-22.

Reisinger, DS. "Literary and Cinematic Responses to the Crime Story in Contemporary France." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 9, no. 4 (2007): 1-10.

Reisinger, DS. "Murder and Banality in the Contemporary fait divers." South Central Review 17, no. 4 (2000): 84-99. (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS. "The Other and the Same: The Ambiguous Role of the Saracen in La Chanson de Roland." Romance Language Annual 9 (1998): 94-97. (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS. "Le Retour au rien: la circularité mallarméenne à travers ‘Salut’ et ‘Sonnet en –yx’." Romance Notes 37, no. 3 (1997): 273-280. (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS. "Cultural Studies in the Classroom." Transculture: Interpretations and Applications of Cultural Studies in the Languages 1, no. 2 (1996): 95-97. (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS. "L'Inconstance Punie: Jean Anouilh and La Double Inconstance." Chimères. 23, no. 1-2 (1996): 1-11. (Academic Article)