Deborah Reisinger

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) 660-2420


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

Reisinger teaches courses in French for Specific Purposes, including global health, business, and marketing. She is the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007), as well as numerous articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes. Her current research focuses on Central African refugee resettlement and community-based learning. She is co-authoring a book, Community-based Language Learning: A Framework for Educators, with Joan Clifford (Georgetown Press, 2018).

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 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 Specific 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. Crime and media in contemporary France. December 1, 2007.

Reisinger, D, Clifford, J, Deardorff, D, and Whetten, K. "Cultures and languages across the curriculum in global health: New curricular pathways toward internationalization." In Critical Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum in Disciplines: Reflective Narrative Accounts from Business, Education and Health, 261-274. January 1, 2015. Full Text

Reisinger, DS, and Reisinger, DS. "Cézanne’s CertitudeCézanne’s Certitude." In Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media,edited by R Mitchell, J Khalip, R Mitchell, and J Khalip. 2011.

Reisinger, DS. "Writing Memory: Point kilométrique 190 and the Grimzi affaire." In New Approaches to Crime in French Literature, Culture and Film,edited by L Harwick, 191-203. London: Peter Lang, 2009.

Clifford, JE, Earp, S, and Reisinger, D. "Course Management Systems and Foreign Language Curricula: The Case of Blackboard at Duke University." In The Heinle Professional Series in Language Instruction,edited by L Lomika and J Cooke-Plagwitz, 2-8. Heinle, 2003.

Reisinger, DS, Earp, S, and Clifford, J. "Effective Uses of a Course Management System." In Teaching with Technology,edited by J Cooke-Plagwitz and L Lomicka. Heinle.

Ahern Dodson, J, and Reisinger, D. "Moving beyond corrective feedback: (Re)engaging with student writing in L2 through audio response." Journal of Response to Writing 3, no. 1 (2017): 129-152.

Reisinger, D, and Clifford, J. "Transforming Learners through Intercultural Competence (Accepted)." The Language Educator (2015): 70-73.

Reisinger, D. "Report on the Commission for French for Business and Economic Purposes." American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin 40, no. 3 (2015): 29-29.

Reisinger, D. "Across the Curriculum and into the Community." The Language Educator (2014): 40-41.

Merschel, LM, Reisinger, D, and Clifford, J. "Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation." The Language Educator 8 (October 2013). (Academic Article)

Reisinger, DS, Merschel, L, and Clifford, J. "Technology: Meeting the Challenges of Machine Translation." The Language Educator 8 (October 2013): 44-47.

Reisinger, DS. "Business Language Studies and Study Abroad in ‘A Changed ‘World." Edited by A Wood. Global Business Languages 18, no. 3 (2013): 23-39.

Reisinger, DS. "Elle a une poitrine de tiroirs: Machine Translation in the Language Classroom." American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin 38, no. 1 (2013).

Reisinger, DS. "iPads in the Classroom." American Association of French Teachers National Bulletin. 37, no. 2 (2012).

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


Hicks, E. "Donner à voir: Guillaume de Lorris or the Impossible Romance." Edited by S Amer and N Guyun. Translated by DS Reisinger. Yale French Studies: Rereading Allegory: Essays in Honor of Daniel Poirin 95 (1999): 65-80. (Journal issue)