Nicholas Sloboda

Dr. Nicholas

Office: Swenson Hall 3088


Nicholas is a professor of English. His background is in comparative literature and his areas of interest and publications are in avant-garde, multi-ethnic American literature, modern and contemporary American literature, the interplay between literature and the visual arts, and postcolonial and postmodern literature. He has also served as the English language book review editor for the New Novel Review. Previously he taught at the University of Alabama and at McGill.

Nicholas teaches university studies courses on multi-ethnic American literature and surveys of American literature. His upper-division courses address the modern and contemporary short story, multi-ethnic American novels, modern and contemporary poetry, the avant-garde, Hemingway, and key American modernist writers (Crane, Anderson and O’Connor).

His scholarship can be found in African American Review; Studies in American Indian Literatures; Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature; Slavic and East European Journal; English Studies in Canada; New Novel Review; Studies in the Novel; Books in Canada; Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

On campus, Nicholas served for 12 years as a department chair. He also continues his long-time work with the faculty senate and as faculty representative to UW-System. Nicholas also works with the faculty senate executive on faculty governance matters in relation to the UW System and the Board of Regents. In addition, he has served repeated terms as chair of the UW-System faculty representatives. He has also served on a number of UW System taskforces related to governance and curriculum.

Nicholas has also worked with numerous campus and UW System projects: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity; Global Studies (on campus, along with other international education projects, including bringing the National Student Exchange to campus) and the Institute for Global Studies (at UW System); Teaching Fellow with the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program, and campus Faculty Representative for the System Office of Professional and Instructional Development.


  • 1996 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.,) – English, McGill University
  • 1991 – Master of Arts (M.A.) – Comparative Literature, McGill University
  • 1988 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – English, University of Alberta