Deborah Reisinger

Deborah Reisinger

Associate 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 Associate 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. She is Director of the Duke Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program, which offers courses in environmental studies, public policy, and global health in 8+ languages.

Reisinger teaches courses in French for Specific Purposes, including global health, business, and advertising. She is the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007), Community-based Language Learning: A Framework for Educators, co-authored with Joan Clifford (Georgetown Press, 2019), and the forthcoming Affaires globales: S'engager dans le monde professionnel en français - niveau avancé, co-authored with Mary Beth Raycraft and Nathalie Dieu-Porter (Georgetown Press, 2020). She has also published articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes. Her current research focuses on Central African refugee resettlement and linguistic marketing.

Reisinger is Chair of the College Board's World Languages Academic Advisory Committee and co-chair of the AP French Language and Culture Exam development committee. From 2013-2018, she served as Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on French for Specific Purposes. 

Deb regularly directs Duke summer study abroad programs, including Duke in Aix-en-Provence, Duke in Montréal, and Duke in Paris

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

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Transformative Learning: A Shared Intellectual Interest Across the University awarded by Intellectual Community Planning Grant (2020)

Resident Fellow awarded by Institute for American Universities (Aix-en-Provence, France) (2019)

Language Matters II: African Resettlement in Durham, NC awarded by Duke Africa Initiative (2018)

Language Matters: African Resettlement in Durham, NC awarded by Duke Africa Initiative (2017)

Refugee resettlement in Québec awarded by Quebec-United States University Grant, Ministère des Relations Internationales du Québec (2016)

Fellow awarded by Duke Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2016)

Major Academic Initiative Grant awarded by Ministère des Relations Internationales du Quebec (2013 to 2015)

Reisinger, D. S. “Technology Applications for the Advanced Level: A Return to the Podcast.” Aatf National Bulletin 35, no. 4 (April 2010): 25–26.

Reisinger, D. S. “Marketing to the World,” November 2008.

Reisinger, D. S. “Student video projects.” Aatf National Bulletin 32, no. 2 (February 2007): 21–22.

Reisinger, D. S. “Literary and Cinematic Responses to the Crime Story in Contemporary France.” Clcweb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 9, no. 4 (2007): 1–10.

Reisinger, D. S. “Murder and Banality in the Contemporary fait divers.” South Central Review 17, no. 4 (2000): 84–99.

Reisinger, D. S. “The Other and the Same: The Ambiguous Role of the Saracen in La Chanson de Roland.” Romance Language Annual 9 (1998): 94–97.

Reisinger, D. S. “Le Retour au rien: la circularité mallarméenne à travers ‘Salut’ et ‘Sonnet en –yx’.” Romance Notes 37, no. 3 (1997): 273–80.

Reisinger, D. S. “Cultural Studies in the Classroom.” Transculture: Interpretations and Applications of Cultural Studies in the Languages 1, no. 2 (1996): 95–97.

Reisinger, D. S. “L'Inconstance Punie: Jean Anouilh and La Double Inconstance.” Chimères. 23, no. 1–2 (1996): 1–11.

Reisinger, D. “Cultural and Linguistic Marketing in Creative Strategy.” Global Business Languages, n.d.