Prof Nicki Hitchcott

Prof Nicki Hitchcott

Professor in French

Director of Research

Researcher profile

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On research leave in Semester 2 2019-2020



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


Honours modules: FR4161 Antillean Identities; FR4183 African Francophone Fiction.

Subhonours modules: FR2204 French Civilisation; CO1002 Staging the Political; CO3020 Literature and Cultural Memory; CO4003 Issues in Cultural Studies.

Postgraduate courses: MLitt Postcolonial and World Literatures; MSc International Development Practice. 

Research areas

Prof Hitchcott is a specialist in postcolonial literatures in French, particularly fiction from sub-Saharan Africa. Her past research has focused on West African women's writing, migrant fiction and fictional responses to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Her research has been funded by the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

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

Prof Hitchcott has supervised 12 research degrees to completion on various aspects of postcolonial francophone studies, including African philosopy and women's documentary cinema, as well as African and Caribbean literature in French. She warmly welcomes enquiries from students interested in this area.

Selected publications


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