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Nicole Fadellin

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor



B.A. Northern Michigan University, M.A. Middlebury College, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Current Courses

HONR 19901: Evolution of Ideas (America)

HONR 221: Exploring Place

HONR 299: Research Thinking Portfolio

Recent Publications

Fadellin, N. (2022). The Cuban Nuclear Dream. The Afterlives of the Project of the Century. In J. Alderman & G. Goodwin (eds). The Social and Political Life of Latin American Infrastructures. University of London Press.

Fadellin, N. (2022). Infrastructure Studies and Literature. In G. De Ferrari & M. Siskind, The Routledge Companion to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary and Cultural Forms. Routledge.

Blass, B. & Fadellin, N. (2022). Despertar un sentido de responsabilidad. Las denuncias de Dora Mayer contra la Cerro de Pasco Corporation. Libros & Ciencias: Revista de divulgación 4.

Awards and Accolades

Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2017

Honored Instructor Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

Public Humanities Exchange Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014


Nicole Fadellin is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in the John Martinson Honors College. She is a literary scholar and educator with experience in the public humanities. Nicole received her PhD in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020, and she joins us from Peru, where she worked as a researcher and curator on projects at the Ministry of Culture, the National Library, and the House of Peruvian Literature.

Dr. Fadellin’s research takes place at the intersection of infrastructure studies and contemporary Latin American literature and culture. She explores how novels, poetry, films, and visual art convey the embodied experience of infrastructure in a postcolonial or neocolonial setting. Her current project examines the social and material traces of energy infrastructures in the wake of the Cold War in Latin America. She has published on these topics in The Routledge Companion to Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Latin American Literary and Cultural Forms (Routledge, August 2022) and The Social and Political Life of Latin American Infrastructures (University of London Press, November 2022).

Nicole is passionate about the capacity of the literature and the arts to build community and achieve social change. She is currently mapping public humanities initiatives at Purdue and in the surrounding communities.

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