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


Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE)

Research Interests:

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

Dr. Nicolazzo’s research focuses on mapping gender across collegiate contexts.  Hir specific areas of interest include: gender in higher education, particularly the experiences of trans* collegians; college student activism; and intersectionality, particularly students’ experiences of the intersections of race, disability, and gender identity.  Dr. 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