Nicola Cooney

Director of Portuguese Language Program
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341 East Pyne

On leave academic year 2020-2021


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