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Nicola Cooney

  • Spanish and Portuguese
Position: Director of Portuguese Language Program
Title: Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures/Director of the Portuguese Language Program
  • Portuguese Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Office: 341 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-4519
Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-4:30pm and by appointment
Nicola Cooney


Nicola Trowbridge Cooney (B.A. King's College University of London, Associate of King's College, Ph.D. Harvard University) directs the Portuguese language program and teaches courses in language, culture and literature. Her dissertation explores the figure of the 'femme fatale' in the lyrical universe of nineteenth-century poet Cesário Verde and she has published articles on female imagery and representations of the city in Cesário's work. Further research interests include Luso-African literature and film, migratory patterns in the Portuguese-speaking world, Medieval and Renaissance literatures and second language acquisition. She is currently developing a project on the role of Portuguese in nation- and identity-building in Timor-Leste.

B.A. in Afro-Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and French, King's College
University of London
Associate of King's College
Ph.D. in Romance Languages, Harvard University