James Nikopoulos

School of Sciences and Humanities, Languages, Linguistics and Literatures
Assistant Professor

James Nikopoulos earned a B.A. in English (2002) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Masters (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Before coming to Nazarbayev University, he taught at Rutgers and at various colleges within the CUNY system. 

James’ research focuses on international modernisms, with a particular emphasis paid to affect and classical reception. Much of this work centers on laughter—on its relationship with joy, and on how literary texts invoke its name to depict social interaction and incite emotional experience.

James loves teaching at Nazarbayev University, whose students humor him with their patience, understanding, and irony. He teaches a variety of courses within the World Literature concentration.  

For more information, please see his academia.edu page