Eliza Nichols is Professor of French and Humanities and coordinator of the Foreign Languages Program in the Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. Dr. Nichols holds a doctorate in French Studies from Yale University. Her major area of research focuses on Francophone African literature, culture and cinema and their relationship to West African and African-American verbal and performing arts. Other areas of research include: American and Black World Studies as influenced by French and Spanish colonization in Art, Music and Media, Cultural and Urban Studies: specifically theory and global urban issues, Literary Studies related to French, African-American and Black World Studies in the context of colonial history and globalization.
Teaching Fields: Cultural Studies, Black World Studies, Women and gender, French language and literature, African and African diaspora literary and oral traditions, Colonial and post-colonial literature, French and African cinemas, African women writers, The imaginary voyage in 18th century literature, travel narratives, French and Francophone language, Culture, Civilization and Literature in a global context, Black World Studies related to Art, Music and Media, Cultural and Urban Studies: theory and global urban issues, Literary Studies related to French, African and Black World Studies.
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.
Cultural, Media, Urban Studies: theory and global urban issues, Literary Studies related to French, African and Black World Studies, French and Francophone language, Culture, Civilization and Literature in global context.
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Cultural and Urban Studies, Literary and Cinema Studies related to French, African and Black World Studies.
B.A., French Literature University of Pennsylvania 1985
M.A., Yale University 1990
M.Phil., Yale University 1990
Ph.D., French Yale University 1998