Deborah Reisinger, Associate Professor of the Practice and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute

Deborah Reisinger

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 Language Outreach Initiatives at Duke, overseeing the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program and the Shared Course Initiative for Less Commonly Taught Languages.

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, 2021). She has published a number of articles on language pedagogy, intercultural competence, and French for Specific Purposes. 

Deb teaches courses in service-learning, global displacement, and French for Specific Purposes, including global health, business, and advertising. Her current research focuses on transformative learning and community-based pedagogies.

She 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

Office Location:  06 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2420
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Teaching (Spring 2021):

Office Hours:

Wednesday and Friday 11:30-12:30, and (frequently) by appointment.

Ph.D.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill2001
M.A.University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill1995
B.A.University of Kansas1992

French Studies
Linguistics and Theories of Pedagogy
Research Interests: Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum, Business Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, Machine Translation

Current projects: Machine Translation in Language Acquisition, Business Language Studies : Social Entrepreneurship, French for Specific Purposes: Global Health and Refugee Populations, AP French Exam Development Committee

Areas of Interest:

Contemporary French culture
Business Language Studies (Social Entrepreneurship)
French for Specific Purposes (Global Health, Business, Education)
Computer Assisted Language Learning (Machine Translation)
Second Language Acquisition


Applied Linguistics • Business Language Studies • Communication in marketing • Computer Assisted Language Learning • Contemporary French culture • Cultural Marketing • French • French for Specific Purposes • Global Health • Intercultural communication • Interpersonal communication and culture • Language acquisition • Language and culture • Localization • Machine Translation • Refugee families • Refugee Resettlement • Refugees in literature • Women refugees

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Representative Publications

  1. D.S. Reisinger, Crime and Media in Contemporary France, Comparative Cultural Studies (February, 2007), pp. 230, Purdue University Press
  2. Reisinger, DS, Student video projects, Aatf National Bulletin, vol. 32 no. 2 (February, 2007), pp. 21-22  [abs]
  3. Reisinger, DS, Writing Memory: Point kilométrique 190 and the Grimzi affaire, in New Approaches to Crime in French Literature, Culture and Film, edited by Harwick, L (2009), pp. 191-203, Peter Lang
  4. Reisinger, DS, Murder and Banality in the Contemporary fait divers, South Central Review, vol. 17 no. 4 (2000), pp. 84-99
  5. D.S. Reisinger, Samantha Earp, Joan Clifford, Effective Uses of a Course Management System, in Teaching with Technology, Heinle Professional Series in Language Instruction, edited by Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz, Lara Lomicka (Fall, 2003), Heinle
  6. Reisinger, DS, Marketing to the World (November, 2008) [idea.html#nov08]
  7. Reisinger, DS, Literary and Cinematic Responses to the Crime Story in Contemporary France, Clcweb: Comparative Literature and Culture., vol. 9 no. 4 (2007), pp. 1-10 [available here]
  8. Reisinger, DS, Le Tour de France: sport et identité (Fall, 2005), UNC Center for European Studies [htm]  [abs]
  9. D.S. Reisinger, de l'aide: Directory of Elementary Language Activities for Instructors at Duke (2003) [html]  [abs]
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