Eliza Nichols is Professor of French in the Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. Dr. Nichols holds a doctorate in French from Yale University. Her major area of research focuses on Francophone African literature and cinema and their relationship to West African verbal and performing arts.
Teaching/Research Fields: French language and literature, African literary and oral traditions, Colonial and post-colonial literature, African cinema, African women writers, The imaginary voyage in 18th century literature, travel narratives.
Dr. Nichols served as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College from 2007-2012. Before joining Columbia, Dr. Nichols served as Vice Provost for The New School in New York City where she held various positions from 1998-2007. Prior to The New School Dr. Nichols held a joint appointment in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the African Studies Program at The College of William and Mary in Virginia where she helped create interdisciplinary programs in Literary and Cultural Studies and taught courses in Women’s Studies and Film Studies. Dr. Nichols has also taught French at Yale University.
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Dr. Eliza Nichols
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.