Professor Chandra Alston and JPEE student Elizabeth Tacke discuss the English methods class
Michelle Sprouse was a recipient of the 2020 David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition. This award is given to instructors remarkable for the energy, passion, insight, pedagogical skill and creativity, and commitment they bring to the teaching of writing.
2020 Graduates from the Joint Ph.D. Program in English and Education pictured from left to right: Ryan McCarty, Elizabeth Tacke, and Adrienne Raw
The Joint Ph.D. Program in English and Education First-Generation Students. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Bradley, Anna Almore,  Professor Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University, and monét cooper.
Fifth-Year EE student Naitnaphit Limlamai hosted a  Thai cooking night. Pictured from left to right: Crystal Zanders, Jathan Day, Adrienne Raw, and Ruth Li.
Carlina Duan was selected for two Hopwood prizes in this year’s competition. She received both the Hopwood Graduate Nonfiction and the Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke Prize for the Long Poem or Poetic Sequence.


Whether your interests are in rhetoric, composition, literacy studies, or English education, this interdisciplinary Ph.D. program brings together the best of research, scholarship, and pedagogy from across the university to offer a rich and satisfying doctoral experience.

Among our strengths, we offer top-flight resources, a supportive and engaging community of scholars, and the flexibility for students to craft a program centered on their individual interests. Our joint association between the Department of English and the School of Education allows students to gain a particularly strong base in rhetoric and composition theory as well as practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Student interests have included rhetorical theory, literacy studies, feminist theory, new media composition, disability studies, queer theory, applied linguistics, English language studies, ethnic studies, creative writing studies, and writing assessment. All students have the opportunity to pursue research projects collaboratively with faculty, including social justice- and activist-oriented research, in addition to individual dissertation research.

All students are guaranteed five years of full funding, and there is additional support for conference travel, research projects, and summer research and writing. To date, we have an outstanding placement record for graduates who have chosen to pursue tenure-track faculty positions in education and English departments in colleges and universities; graduates also assume a broad range of careers in K-12 administration, educational nonprofits, and government-sponsored agencies.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, please visit our Prospective Students pages.