Dr. Nicole A. Spigner is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago and a 2018-19 Woodrow Wilson Early Career Fellow. She completed her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, and M.A. and B.A. at University of Pennsylvania. Her book project, Niobe Repeating: Black New Women and Ovidian Transformation, explores how, through Ovidian allusions, themes, and forms, nineteenth-century African American women writers redefined literary convention, gender configurations, and racial identity, giving rise to a new genre of “Black New Women” classicist fiction. Dr. Spigner also engages with and teaches classes featuring black feminist and feminist theories, twentieth-century African American and Caribbean literatures, and nineteenth-century American literature. She also serves as a member of the Executive-Advisory Board of Vanderbilt University’s Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI).
African American Literature, Nineteenth Century American Literature, Black Feminism, Feminism, Speculative Fiction
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Black Classicism, African American Literature, Nineteenth Century American Literature, Black Feminism, Feminism, Speculative Fiction
B.A., English University of Pennsylvania 2007
M.A., English University of Pennsylvania 2009
M.A., English Vanderbilt University 2010
Ph.D., English Vanderbilt University 2014