Prospective Students

Message from the DGS:

My colleagues and I appreciate your interest in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Hispanic Studies at Emory University, a vibrant, diverse, and intellectually stimulating place for you to pursue your graduate work. We are a small program, which affords us flexibility in working with each student to design a program of interdisciplinary course work, research, teaching, and other opportunities that aligns with their academic and career goals. Moreover, we work with all Hispanic Studies doctoral students to foster a robust and supportive community and meaningful work-life balance. We are committed to a multiple mentoring approach to best support our students and we are joined by an engaged network of former graduates of the program.

We are in an exciting moment of expansion of the graduate faculty as we welcome new colleagues who will join us in Fall 2023: Leonardo Velloso-Lyons (Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and Emil' Keme (Department of English/Native American and Indigenous Studies; Additionally, we will be completing a search for a senior scholar during the current academic year.

Prospective students often have questions about the application process and what a successful application dossier looks like. They also seek a fuller understanding of what we mean by interdisciplinarity and how that works in terms the balance of required Hispanic Studies courses and seminars taken outside the program. The research foci we have identified -- Narratives/performance of identity and citizenship; Empire, colonialism, and post-coloniality; Translating language and culture -- are not tracks or specializations which graduate students must choose formally. Rather, they represent general areas around which we have organized our work. There are additional opportunities: certificate programs in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Jewish Studies; training in digital scholarship, and public humanities work.

Prospective students are also understandably curious about career outcomes for graduates of our program. I encourage prospective students to explore the website to learn more about current graduate students and alumni.

Please reach out to me directly with questions or concerns. I'd be happy to exchange emails or schedule a Zoom meeting. I look forward to learning more about your interest in the program and your plans for graduate study!


Karen Stolley

Director of Graduate Studies, Hispanic Studies