Nicole B. Wallack


Columbia University

Field of Study

Writing studies, essay studies, English education, rhetoric & composition, teacher education, American studies,

Current Research Projects

Fostering Transfer from High School to College: Bridging Writing Teachers’ Perspectives

“In the Space Provided”: Teaching Americans Through the Essay

Books/Papers Authored

Crafting Presence: The American Essay and the Future of Writing Studies (Utah State University Press, 2017)


Nicole B. Wallack, PhD, is the Director of Columbia University’s Undergraduate Writing Program. Her fields of interest are essay studies, writing studies, rhetoric and composition, history of the essay, creative nonfiction, teacher education, and American studies. She is also an associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) at Bard College. At Bard, she designs and conducts workshops for educators on the essay, assessment, writing-to-learn practices, writing across the curriculum, and listening as a pedagogical praxis. She works as a Writing Across the Curriculum consultant in high schools and colleges around the country and abroad.