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Information for Prospective Ph.D. Students


Thank you for your interest in our Ph.D. program, which offers an unparalleled combination of intellectual rigor and graduate support. On this page, you will find the resources you need to learn about the program and the application process. For additional information, contact

At Stanford, I’ve gained access to really great faculty mentorship. People like Paula Moya, Mark McGurl, and Ramon Saldivar were tremendously supportive in reading my work and giving me thoughtful, insightful feedback on it. And although I came in with this archive knowledge, one of the major lacunae in my reading was theoretical. So I got a very good education in applying theoretical discourses to the works that I wanted to talk about in ways that didn’t overwhelm the works themselves or take priority over them. That, I think, is one of the chief benefits of being here.

— Andrew Shephard, 2011 Ph.D. Cohort