Nicola Cooney

Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese
Director of Portuguese Language Program
Program Director - Princeton in Portugal
Office Phone
341 East Pyne


Nicola Trowbridge Cooney earned a joint B.A. in Afro-Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and French from King's College University of London and is an Associate of King's College. She earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Harvard University.

She directs the Portuguese language program as well as Princeton’s summer program in Lisbon, Portugal, and Cabo Verde (West Africa) and is a Faculty Fellow and Adviser at Butler College. She teaches courses on the cultures and literatures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Her research interests include second-language acquisition, poetry, Luso-African literatures and film and identity politics in the Luso-Afro-Asian-Brazilian sphere. 


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