Doctorate in English (PhD)
Our PhD degree program in English emphasizes innovative individual scholarship and provides excellent training in research, teaching methods and other professional development skills. As a doctoral candidate, you will participate fully in the life of our dynamic department, serving as a teaching assistant and directing your own writing courses, participating in scholarly conferences, and collaborating with our distinguished and diverse faculty.
Our world-class faculty are dedicated teachers and mentors. Popular areas of focus are women's studies, gender and sexuality, modern American literature, Anglophone literature and postcolonial theory, early modern (especially Renaissance) English literature, literature and science, literary theory and philosophy, and contemporary poetry.
Because our program is small, you will develop close and stimulating relationships with both faculty and peers. And you will benefit from all the hallmarks of a Brandeis education: dedicated mentoring by internationally recognized scholars, intellectual diversity, career support and the wealth of academic and cultural resources Boston offers.
Careers and Alumni
Graduates of our PhD program go on to impressive academic careers at prestigious universities such as Columbia, Howard, Fordham, John Hopkins, Emory, and Michigan, to name a few. They are also prolific essayists, novelists, playwrights, poets, and authors of scholarly texts. Our alumni include:
- Novelist and poet Ha Jin, PhD'93, whose work includes "Waiting," "Nanjing Requiem" and "War Trash," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Playwright, screenwriter and novelist Theresa Rebeck, PhD'89, whose work includes the TV series "Smash," "Omnium Gatherum," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and "Dead Accounts," a Broadway comedy.
- David Greven, PhD'02, whose books include "The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender," "Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema" and "Psycho-Sexual" about Hitchcock and the films of the 1970s.