I am William J. Nichols. I obtained my Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Michigan State University. Currently I am an Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at Georgia State University and Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. I am also the Director of the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR), a Title VI DOE-funded National Foreign Language Resource Center. I served as the President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (2017) and as a member of that association’s Executive Committee (2015-2018).
My primary research interest focuses on exploring the perceptions of Spain’s modern identity through the interrelation between politics, cultural production and capitalism in contemporary peninsular literature and film as well as other forms of cultural expression like music and museum expositions. I published Transatlantic Mysteries: Culture, Capital, and Crime in the ‘Noir’ Novels of Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán with Bucknell University Press (2011). I have co-edited a collection of essays titled Towards a Cultural Archive of the Movida published with Farleigh Dickinson University Press (2014).
I am currently working on a book tentatively titled Construction and Consumption in Spain: Culture and Tourbanism from Torremolinos to Benidorm.
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