The Tufts University PhD program in English provides a supportive and collaborative environment for rigorous graduate study and professional development. As a PhD student in the English Department, you will explore a variety of literary subjects in small graduate seminars. After undergoing supervised training to help you master the necessary skills, you will gain valuable teaching experience by designing and offering your own courses as Graduate Instructor in Tufts' First-Year Writing Program.
Tufts will prepare you for a competitive job market by providing strong training and opportunities to serve as independent classroom teachers. Graduates of the English PhD program have won prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, including multi-year teaching fellowships. Recent PhD recipients have secured tenure-track faculty positions as well as other academic positions, such as teachers, program directors, and administrators.
The English Department at Tufts University provides a supportive, collaborative environment for rigorous graduate study and professional development. Faculty and students work together to ensure all students achieve their goals as thinkers and scholars. The collective expertise of our faculty covers a wide range of historical periods, authors, critical discourses, literary, and aesthetic movements.
Special interests among our faculty include Black cultural studies; Marxist, feminist, and queer perspectives on literature and culture; postcolonial and multicultural studies; visual and material culture; poststructuralist theory; affect theory; science studies; and environmental humanities.