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Elizabeth NicholsElizabeth Gackstetter Nichols, Ph.D. 

Professor of Spanish

(417) 873-6925
Pearsons Room 319
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Dr. Elizabeth Nichols became a member of the Drury University faculty in 1997 after earning her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Kansas. Dr. Nichols specializes in Latin American Literature and Culture, Women’s Studies and International Beauty Practices, with a focus on Venezuela.

In 2012 Dr. Nichols received a Fulbright award to teach and study in Argentina in the area of Gender Studies and Beauty Practices.  She is the contributing editor at large for Venezuela and Colombia for the Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies and has been invited to present her work at national and international conferences.

Her paper “The War of Silicon: Aesthetic Surgery, consumption and physical beauty in Venezuela,” presented at the Cambridge University, UK can be viewed here.

A podcast of her presentation as part of a Greenleaf Visiting Scholar award in 2015 is available from the University of New Mexico for listening here.

Dr. Nichols is the author of a variety of books, articles and encyclopedia entries in her research fields, including:

Venezuela: In Focus. (with Kimberly J. Morse). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2010.

Popular Culutre in Latin America and the Carribbean: (With Timothy Robbins). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2015.

Dr. Nichols’ current research deals with ideals of physical beauty for women in Latin America and its representation in literature and popular culture. As part of that work, she is currently completing two manuscripts for publication in 2016-2017:

No Such Thing as Inner Beauty: Dress, Cosmetics and Success in Venezuela 1850-2015. New York: Lexington.

Beauty Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. (With Erin Kenny). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. 

B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
M.A., University of Kansas, 1993
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1997

Drury University faculty member since 1997
Professor since 2009

Tim RobbinsTim Robbins

Associate Professor of Spanish

(417) 873-7304
Pearsons Hall 302
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Dr. Tim Robbins became a member of the Drury Faculty in 2007.  Dr. Robbins is a graduate of Drury University and earning a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. 

Dr. Robbins’ research includes contemporary Latin American narrative, with special interest given to its relation to the cannon and to popular culture.  He is currently working as co-editor on a collection of essays which address new narrative in Latin America.

B.A., Drury University, 2003
M.A., University of Kansas, 2005
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 2011

Drury University faculty member since 2008
Associate Professor since 2015

Tony SmithTony Smith

Instructor of Spanish

Phone: (417) 873-6811
Office: Pearsons Hall 303
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B.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2002
M.A., University of Oklahoma, 2006

Drury University faculty member since 2012
Instructor since 2012