• Ph.D., Italian, Stanford University
  • M.A., Italian, Stanford University
  • B.A., Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University


  • Classical Literature of the Western World
  • Literature and Food
  • Rhetoric and Composition


Nicole López, Ph.D., focuses her teaching interests on classical literature, epic poetry and the 19th-20th century. In her teaching, she emphasizes the classroom as a humanities laboratory, offering students a community of intellectual camaraderie, debate, balanced dissent and a highly collaborative environment. Her research is concerned with the modern literatures of Europe and America, and with poetry and poetics (specialization: 20th-century Italy).

López explores topics such as phenomenology, New Materialism, objects in literature, anthropomorphism, memory and the limits of language. Her current research project, The Politics of the Object: Necessary Counter-Myths in 20th Century Literature (in progress) examines the literary uses of the phenomenological world as foundational counter-myths to the rise of 20th century European political regimes (British, American, French, Spanish and Italian literatures).


  • Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Travel Grant (2007)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Travel/ Research Grant (2007)
  • Stanford University Graduate Research Opportunity Grant
  • Social Science Research Council Predoctoral Research Grant
  • Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Development Grant

Research Interests

  • Epic Poetry
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio
  • 15th-16th-century Florence
  • Modernism
  • Futurism and the avant-gardes
  • The fascist decades in Italy
  • New Materialism
  • Medieval literature
  • Classical Literature of the Western World
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