Nicholas McCormick - Columbia College Chicago

Nicholas McCormick

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


Dr. McCormick is an instructor in the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department (HHSS) and regularly teaches United States and Urban history courses including: History of Chicago, History of the American City, and The History of the Future. Dr. McCormick has taught at Columbia for more than ten years and wrote his dissertation about natural history exhibition and education in Chicago during the Progressive Era. An early career scholar, his only publication of note is an online three-part series for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era about the sinking of the Lusitania. In addition to revising the dissertation, he is currently researching and writing a sensory history of ocean liners on the North Atlantic. Dr. McCormick earned his PhD in history from University of Illinois at Chicago (2017) and MA from Roosevelt University (2006). He is also a Columbia alumnus (2001).

Instructional Areas

United States History; History of Chicago; Urban History; History of the Future

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Chicago History; Museum History; Maritime History; Sensory History


A.A., Sauk Valley Community College 1999
B.A., Columbia College Chicago 2001
M.A., History Roosevelt University 2006
Ph.D., History University of Illinois Chicago 2017