Nicole T. Hughes

Nicole T. Hughes
Graduate Student Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Address
    B07 Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures
    612 W116th Street
    New York NY 10027
  • Office Hours
    Tuesdays 6-7 (by appointment)
  • Phone
    (212) 854 5815
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Nicole T. Hughes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Her research focuses on late medieval Iberia and the early modern Iberian worlds, especially New Spain and Brazil. Her research interests include early modern drama (the sixteenth century in particular), history of the religious orders, the inheritance of medieval culture in the Americas, colonial architecture and the creation of symbolic spaces, and questions of the archive in the New World, including indigenous languages and translation practices. Before joining Columbia, she received a M.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and edited works of non-fiction as assistant editor to The Penguin Press. In 2012 and 2014, she studied Nahuatl in its modern and classical variants at the IDIEZ Institute (Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Etnológica de Zacatecas). She has received grants from the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut in Berlin, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University, and the John Carter Brown Library. She received a Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship for the Academic Year 2015-16, during the fall of which she is a visiting researcher at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa's Centre for Overseas History (CHAM).

Nicole is currently writing a dissertation entitled A Theater of the Americas: Dramatic Creation and Historical Imagination, 1500-1640. The dissertation argues that theater was invented in the Americas in a crucial tension between the re-imagination and staging of history on the one hand and the creation of new dramatic forms and languages on the other.