Andrea Nichols

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Graduate Student; Instructor History andrea.nichols@huskers.unl.edu (402) 472-2414 612 Oldfather Hall
JOINED THE DEPARTMENT

August 2010

BIO

Andrea is a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln History Department's PhD program after moving here from Greensboro, North Carolina. Pre-modern European history from roughly 1450-1650 is her primary focus, in particular early modern England (i.e. the Tudor period from 1485-1603), women and gender, print culture, and the monstrous. Dr. Carole Levin is  her  mentor and  PhD Committee chair,  with Dr. Julia Schleck (Department of English) and Dr. Helen Smith (University of York, CREMS and Department of English) as readers. Much of her work is also interdisciplinary and comparative, incorporating art history, drama, and digital humanities theory concerning media.

Teaching

As a teaching assistant and instructor for World history classes, combined with a comparative world field in modern East Asia, Andrea has a broad grasp of history beyond her expertise areas. She was a teaching assistant for History of Christianity, History of England from Stonehenge to 1688, Ancient Rome, World History from 1500 to present, and Western Civilization to 1715; and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for Medieval Legacy, Western Civilization, and World at War 1914-1918. She has taught HIS 341: Modern British History (1800-present) and HIS 105: History of Civilization (1400-1815) at Doane College in Crete, NE. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she has taught WMNS 101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (online), HIST 120: World History to 1500 (online), and co-taught an honors seminar on Historical/Literary Retellings with Dr. Levin.

Professional Experience

Andrea has interned at the University of Nebraska Press, assisted in organizing numerous academic conferences, published her scholarship, presented at over a dozen academic conferences, and attended workshops and courses on early modern print culture and paleography. She has an interdisciplinary minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. For more information on her professional experience, conferences attended, publications, technical skills, and grants and awards, please contact Andrea for a current CV.

Research

Andrea's dissertation, “Scribbles and Bits: Reader Marks and the Depiction of Queens in English Histories,” examines the representation of the two English queens regnant – Queens Mary Tudor and Elizabeth Tudor – in histories of England, printed from 1480-1650. The "Nine Days Queen," Lady Jane Grey, and the Tudor's Scottish cousin Queen Mary Stuart, are also mentioned, given their prominence in Mary and Elizabeth Tudor's chapters. In conjunction with this narrative analysis, Andrea examines the readers of these books and how they noted these women within the texts or in their commonplace books. The corpus of reader marks she has encompasses 153 volumes and at least 212 owners and annotators from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries (57% from the seventeenth century or earlier, and eighteen of the readers/owners are women). These printed histories sit at the intersection of wider cultural and social debates, the flow of information in print and manuscript forms, and the vibrant area of premodern oral culture. Narratives became increasingly detailed, as authors updated their books to reach into contemporary events and draw upon the wealth of printed and oral information. Only by examining the genre as a whole, rather than a few titles, can these nuances of change over time in the genre and medium become more apparent. Moreover, these books are indices of the cultural circulation and debate on queenship, as seen in the narrative representation, and the reader interaction with the texts and notation on queens.

Andrea's dissertation is based upon research spanning three years, funded by six different fellowships (including an NEH Summer Seminar), and conducted at archives around America and England, such as the Newberry Library, Columbia University libraries, Morgan Library and Museum, New York Public Library, Princeton University Library, British Library, John Rylands Library, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and Guildhall Library. 

Employment Interests and Further Information

Andrea is interested in public engagement and education, as supported by her research and teaching skills, and professional training in academic publishing, print culture, paleography, museums, and digital humanities. Therefore, she would like work in higher education, publishing, archives, or museums.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in progress
M.A, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010
B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008, summa cum laude
A.A., Surry Community College, 2005, summa cum laude

EXPERTISE

early modern England (Tudor England), print culture, women and gender, monstrous / monsters ("the other"); and power, particularly concerning queenship

GRANTS and AWARDS

Funding provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History in support of research in England (May-June 2015).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Dissertation Award for 2015. It will be used to support research at the Morgan Library and Museum in NYC.

Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant, 2015-2016.

Columbia University Libraries Research Fellowship, one-month, 2014-2015.
“Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books,” NEH Summer Seminar, Directors: Clare Lois Carroll and Marc Caball, 2013.
Agnes Strickland award for best graduate student paper given in the Queen Elizabeth I Society sessions at South Central Renaissance Conference, 2011 and 2015.

LINKS

“Biographical Reinterpretations: Textual Treatment of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart from 1569 – 1683”  -- Spring 2011
"Studying History at UNL" -- Fall 2012