Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs


Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE)

Research Interests

Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D., has been at NIU since summer 2015. Ze teaches courses on college student development, postsecondary access, and diversity, equity and culture. Nicolazzo's research centers on trans* collegians, with a particular emphasis on trans* student resilience and kinship-building. Nicolazzo has published in a variety of scholarly and practitioner-focused publications, including the Journal of LGBT Youth, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, About Campus, Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Nicolazzo's research focuses on mapping gender across collegiate contexts. Hir specific areas of interest include:

  • Gender in higher education
    • Experiences of trans* collegians
  • College student activism
  • Intersectionality
    • Student experiences of the intersections of race, disability and gender identity

Nicolazzo also writes about the use of alternative methodologies, epistemologies and representations of knowledge.


  • Ph.D., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University
    • Graduate Certificate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • M.S., College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
  • B.A., Philosophy, Roger Williams University
 Z Nicolazzo


Gabel 201D

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