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University Hall 5018
(205) 934-4250

Research and Teaching Interests: Composition, American literature, drama, memoir and autobiography, women’s studies, multi-ethnic literatures of the United States, service learning and engaged scholarship

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.A., Georgia College and State University, English and Theater
  • M.A., Northwestern University, English and Theater
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, English

Nichole Lariscy primarily teaches first year composition and sophomore literature courses. She often teaches these courses as honors courses. Many of her courses are service-learning courses that serve particular partners in the Birmingham area. This service often takes the form of storytelling in the communities: both creating creative stories with the community members and gathering their life stories. Partners have included the South Highland Adult Day Center, the 1917 Clinic, St. Clair and Donaldson Prisons, the United Way, Hope Hospice, the Literacy Council, and the Red Barn. She also teaches courses on the critical and academic understanding of Whiteness in America.

Lariscy mostly teaches her classes as flipped or inverted classrooms where the students produce knowledge through group work, peer feedback, and individual research. Sometimes she will lecture, but her classes are almost always student driven, inquiry based, exciting, dynamic classrooms in which students take a great deal of responsibility in producing advanced learning through active critical thinking, research, and writing.

  • Recent Courses
    • English Composition 101 and 102
    • American Literature I and II
    • Introduction to Literature
    • Introduction to Women’s Literature
    • African American Literature
    • African American Women’s Literature
    • Honors Course: Neurology and the Arts
    • Honors Course: Whiteness Studies
  • Select Publications
    • Playwright, Bodies of Water
      • Reading and Workshop, Bodies of Water Iowa Summer Writers Festival, Kate Aspengren. Playwrights Workshop. July 2018.
      • Reading and Workshop, Bodies of Water Iowa Summer Writers Festival, Kate Aspengren. Playwrights Workshop. July 2017.
    • “Staging Stories that Heal: Boal and Friere in Engaged Composition,” Community Literacy Journal. Vol 11. 1 (2016).
    • Playwright and Director, One Clear Light
      • Staged Reading, School of Public Health National Public Health Week, UAB, The Edge of Chaos, Spring 2015
      • Staged Reading, Spring 2014. UAB Honors House
      • Staged Reading, Spring 2014, Heartsong Retreat, Camp McDowell
      • Workshop, Summer 2014, Sewanee Writer’s Conference
    • Playwright and Director, A Will Not His Own, production, Birmingham, AL, 2013
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • Member, Conference on Community Writing
    • Playwright, Sewanee Writer's Conference (2014), Iowa Summer Writers Festival (2017 and 2018), Vermont Studio Center (2018)
    • Member, Dramatist Guild (2015 and 2018)
    • Modern Language Association
    • UAB Service Learning Faculty Fellow, 2013-2014
    • UAB, The Edge of Chaos Scholar, 2014-2015