Prof Nicki Hitchcott

Prof Nicki Hitchcott

Head of the School of Modern Languages

Professor of French and African Studies

Researcher profile

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I joined St Andrews in October 2016, having held a personal chair at the University of Nottingham. I attended a comprehensive school in Exeter before studying for my BA and PhD at UCL, and was the first person in my family to go to university.


Honours modules: FR4161 Antillean Identities; FR4183 African Francophone Fiction; CO3020 Literature and Cultural Memory; CO4003 Issues in Cultural Studies; CO3021 Crossing the Mediterranean; CO4032 Bad Books; CO4031 Experiences of Exile; CO4030 Short Story.

Subhonours modules: FR2204 French Civilisation; FR2206 French Literature from 19th to 21st Centuries; CO1002 Staging the Political. 

Postgraduate: ML5002/21 Literary and Cultural Theory; MLitt Postcolonial and World Literatures (School of English); MSc International Development Practice (Graduate School). 

Research areas

I am a specialist in postcolonial literatures in French and English, particularly fiction from sub-Saharan Africa. Funded by the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, my research has focused on West African women's writing, migrant fiction, and fictional responses to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. I have published 3 single-authored monographs, Women Writers in Francophone Africa (2000), Calixthe Beyala: Performances of Migration (2006), Rwanda Genocide Stories (2015) and a further 8 co-authored/co-edited volumes.

I am currently working on two new projects: the Rwandan colonial Metis (with Dr Alice Urusaro Karekezi, University of Rwanda) and ecotexts in the postcolonial francosphere (with Dr Kenneth Nsah, Université de Lille).

From 2015 to 2018, I led the AHRC-funded project, Rwandan Stories of Change in partnership with NGO the Aegis Trust and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda. In 2018, I was a finalist for the inaugural Wellcome Trust/AHRC Health Humanities Medal in the Category of Best International Research.

I have supervised 10 research degrees to successful completion on various aspects of postcolonial francophone studies, including African philosophy and women's documentary cinema, as well as African and Caribbean literature in French. Of my former doctoral students, 6 now have permanent academic jobs (at Lancaster, Melbourne, Newcastle, Trinity College Dublin, UCL and University College Cork). I warmly welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in any area of francophone postcolonial studies.

PhD supervision

  • Oladele Madamidola
  • Clara Defachel
  • Catherine Mackenzie

Selected publications


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