Deborah Reisinger
Associate Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

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 marketing. She is the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue Press, 2007) and Community-based Language Learning: A Framework for Educators, co-authored with Joan Clifford (Georgetown Press, 2019). She has also published numerous 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

Current Research Interests

French for Specific Purposes
Community-based Language Learning
Second Language Acquisition

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • 06 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708-0257
  • Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257

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