Faculty & Staff
Angelique V. Nixon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Office Location: Fisher Hall - Rm 227
PHD, University of Florida
MA, Florida Atlantic University
BS, Nova Southeastern University
Nixon is a writer, scholar, teacher, community worker and poet, who was born and raised in The Bahamas. She migrated to the United States in her early 20s to pursue higher education and work opportunities, and she has remained closely tied to her home place (and the Caribbean region as a whole) even as she has lived abroad for many years. She has lived in Florida, New York, Connecticut and now Pennsylvania. Before her career in academia, she spent years working in the tourism and banking industries, which has contributed to what she teaches in her college courses and writes about in her scholarly and creative work.
Her research and teaching specialties include Caribbean and postcolonial studies, African diaspora literatures, postcolonial and feminist theories, gender and sexuality studies, and transnational migrations. She teaches courses in her fields of study and develops new courses. Nixon earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida in 2008 specializing in Caribbean and postcolonial studies with a certificate in women’s studies and gender research. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Africana studies at New York University in 2009, where she engaged in advanced research on migrations and immigrations. More recently, before joining the faculty at Susquehanna University, Nixon was an assistant professor in residence in women’s studies at University of Connecticut from 2009-11. There, she designed and taught a number of courses in gender and sexuality studies. During this same time, she continued her research through NYU as a visiting scholar in Africana studies.
Nixon’s scholarly work has been published in the journals Anthurium, Black Renaissance Noire, Lucayos, MaComere, and Studies in American Indian Literatures and the book collection The Caribbean Women Writer as Scholar. Her poetry has appeared in Julie Mango, Proud Flesh, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Black Renaissance Noire, tongues of the ocean, WomanSpeak and small axe salon and the book anthology Caribbean Erotic. Further, she is co-editor of the online multimedia collection “Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging” launched in June 2012. She also published a collection of her creative work in a hand-bound, letterpress cover, limited-edition book, titled Saltwater Healing - A Myth Memoir and Poems with Poinciana Paper Press, a small independent Caribbean press, early in 2013. She is in the process of completing her first scholarly book titled Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Literature and Culture, which examines the material effects of tourism and neocolonialism on Caribbean culture and identity. Her project interrogates the cultural and sexual politics of tourism through a study of migratory artifacts, literary and cultural production, and community activism.
Nixon is deeply invested in grassroots organizing and bridging the gap between academia and community. She has worked with many community-based organizations, including Critical Resistance in Florida, AIDS Service Center in New York and the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn. Currently, she is co-chair of the Caribbean Region Board of a project called the International Resource Network (IRN), bringing together artists, activists, scholars and community-based researchers who do work on diverse sexualities and genders. This project is funded by the Ford Foundation and operates through the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at City University of New York. Nixon was nominated in 2012 to join the prestigious board of CLAGS, as she continues her work with the Caribbean IRN. Her commitment to the Caribbean has grown through community organizing after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She is on the core collective team of the grassroots collective Ayiti Resurrect, which successfully led a delegation of visionary artists, community builders, mental health specialists and holistic healers working in collaboration with local Haitian organizations to facilitate psychological and emotional healing for quake-survivors in January 2012. Nixon is also on a New York-based, curriculum-building team with fellow educators and activists developing a social and environmental justice curriculum for high school and college courses. In fact, she is using parts of this curriculum in her Writing and Thinking courses at Susquehanna University.
- ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
- ENGL-205 Literature Studies
- ENGL-245 Comparative Literature of the Americas
- ENGL-390 Special Themes and Topics
- ENGL-540 Internship
- WMST-400 Topics in Women's Studies