Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter 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 Culture in the area of Women and Gender Studies with current research interests in International Beauty Practices, Cosplay and Popular Culture..
In 2012 Dr. Nichols received a Fulbright award to teach and study in Argentina and is also the contributing editor at large for Venezuela and Colombia for the Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies. In 2016, Dr. Nichols co-authored a multi-million-dollar Federal Grant to provide first-year success services to the children and families of migrant students. She continues as PI on the grant and teaches in Monett as part of the CAMP program.
Dr. Nichols’ current research deals with the international practice of cosplay, or “costume-play” in the United States, Mexico and across the Americas. She is a cosplayer herself, a cosplay mom and an advocate for fan-led artistic creativity. She blogs at www.cosplaymom.com.
Dr. Nichols is the faculty advisor for the Drury Cosplay Club, and serves as Public Relations Lead for Visioncon: Missouri’s Premier Pop Culture Convention.
Drury University faculty member since 1997
Professor since 2009