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Nicholas T Boggs

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Research and Advisement, Department of English; Faculty Coordinator, The Contemporary Literature Series and the Creative Writing Track in the English Major; Director, CAS NYU Summer in London Program;

M.F.A., 2008, Creative Writing, American University Ph.D., 2005, English, Columbia University B.A., 1997, English, Yale University

Office Address: 

244 Greene St., New York, New York 10003

Office Hours: 

Thursdays 2:00pm-4:30pm -- appointment recommended





Areas of Research/Interest: 

Twentieth and twenty-first century literatures in English, especially American literature and African American literature; James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison; gender and sexuality studies; creative writing.

External Affiliations:

Modern Language Association; Association of Writing Professionals; Board of Trustees, The Millay Colony for the Arts.


A scholar and writer, Nicholas Boggs received his Ph.D. in English from Columbia (2005) and his B.A. in English from Yale (1997). He also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University (2008). Prof. Boggs has published articles in Callaloo and in the edited volumes James Baldwin Now (NYU Press) and The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (2015). His fiction has appeared in the literary journal PANK and an excerpt from his novel-in-progress was selected for the anthology Best Gay Stories 2013. Other current projects include a book of creative nonfiction that explores the untold story of James Baldwin's collaboration with French painter Yoran Cazac, and a scholarly edition of their out-of-print "children's book for adults," Little Man Little Man: A Story of Childhood (co-edited with Jennifer Devere Brody). His teaching and research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, African American literature, gender and sexuality studies, and creative writing. He currently coordinates the new Creative Writing Track in the English Major, as well as the department's Contemporary Literature Series, which he launched in 2012. He also serves as Director of the CAS NYU Summer in London Program.


Residency, The Corporation of Yaddo, 2016; Art Matters/Jerome Foundation Residential Grant, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, 2016; Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction, VCCA-France, Auvillar, France, 2015; Scholarship in Non-Fiction, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 2011-2013; Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, Paris and Saint Paul-de-Vence, France, 2013; Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, 2012 and 2011; Residency, The Corporation of Yaddo, 2010; Artist's Fellowship in Literature, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 2008; Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Humanities, Wesleyan University, 2005-2006; Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, 2003-2004.

Scholarly Publications

"James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac's 'Child's Story for Adults,'" The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Ed. Michele Elam. Cambridge UP, 2015. 118-132.

"A Grammar of Little Manhood: Ralph Ellison and the Queer Little Man at Chehaw Station." Callaloo 35.1 (2012) 245-266.

"Queer Black Studies: An Annotated Bibliography: 1994-1999." Callaloo 23.1 (2000) 479-494.

"Of Mimicry and (Little Man Little) Man: Towards a Queersighted Theory of Black Childhood." James Baldwin Now. Ed. Dwight McBride. New York UP, 1999. 122-160.

Updated on 09/12/2016