NICHOLLS Tracey(Associate Professor)


Specialized field Peace studies, gender studies
Research theme My research focuses on issues of social privilege and marginalization in a variety of contexts: gender disparities, decolonization, and racial inequities. My doctoral and early-career work looked at ways to build more democratic political communities by adopting social norms drawn from improvised music (what I have written about as “ethics of improvisation”). My current book project extends my work on ethics of improvisation to look at culture-jamming activism as a way of ending rape culture.
研究内容 I began researching, presenting conference papers, and writing about issues in peace studies and gender studies when I was in graduate school, and my early interest in how philosophy can create conditions of greater peace and justice has since developed into a commitment to building social justice through improvisation theory. These three areas – peace studies, gender studies, and improvisation theory – merge in my current work on rape culture as a form of structural violence that can be addressed through grassroots, improvised efforts (culture-jamming) to dismantle it.
Selected publications:
An Ethics of Improvisation: Aesthetic Possibilities for a Political Future (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012).
I Don’t See Color: Personal and Critical Investigations on White Privilege, co-edited with Bettina Bergo (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015).
Fanon and the Decolonization of Philosophy, co-edited with Elizabeth A. Hoppe (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010).

Application for coverage

Policies in research and education

I believe that knowledge is a collaborative project to improve the quality of human existence. Both my research and my teaching concentrate on bringing about practical change through the contribution of many points of view.

Message to students

Hello, I am honored to be part of Soka University’s new Graduate School of International Peace Studies. Peace studies, human rights, and gender equality are all things I care deeply about, and I am excited to be working with students from around the world who are as committed as I am to producing academic research that will make our world a more just and peaceful place for all of us.

Main career

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, McGill University, Canada, 2006
  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2000
I began my teaching career in the United States, at Lewis University, a small Catholic-LaSallian university in the Chicago area. While I was there, I had the good fortune to be part of a network of teachers and scholars who were committed to building a peace studies presence on campus and I also had the opportunity to co-direct the Women’s Studies Program there. Teaching ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law, along with women’s studies, inspired my work in activism to reduce sexual assault, including the formation of a student group to teach bystander intervention as a way of making campus life safer and more equitable for all students.