Ph.D., Michigan State University
His 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. He has published on diverse themes like detective fiction, corporate culture, tourism, food, genre, and globalization in such journals as the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Tabla Redonda, The Journal for the Study of Food and Society, and Symposium. His manuscript, Transatlantic Mysteries: Culture, Capital, and Crime in the ‘Noir’ Novels of Paco Ignacio Taibo II and Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, was published with Bucknell University Press. In a related project, Dr. Nichols edited a special issue of the Revista Iberoamericana that focused on detective fiction in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. titled “Crimen, Cadáveres, y Cultura: Siguiendo las pistas de la novela negra.” He also co-edited a collection of essays titled “Beyond Madrid: Revisiting the Cultural Archives of La Movida,” a special section for the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, that re-evaluated the cultural impact of the Movida in Spain. Lastly, Dr. Nichols is completing a book-length manuscript titled Reviving the Transition: Metamemory and the Crisis of Modernity in Recent Spanish Culture in which he analyzes current film, novel, and museum exhibitions that recall and recreate the recent period of Spanish history known as the Transition.