Philosophy Department

Jackson Nichols

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Office Location

122 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2017

Thursdays, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM & by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Binghamton University
  • M.A. Philosophy, Binghamton University


I received my Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Binghamton University’s SPEL program.  I am a currently working on my dissertation in the Comparative Literature Department at Binghamton University.  My dissertation deals with the social ramifications of work, as articulated in theoretical and literary texts, as well as in contemporary films.  Specifically, I focus on the affective gestures that are performed in the workplace. I argue that managers want employees to be both happy and compliant while at work, regardless of their actual feelings about their jobs.  In an environment in which precarity and austerity has become the norm, employees are asked to sacrifice their emotional wellbeing in order to oblige their boss. 

 I taught self-designed undergraduate courses for Binghamton’s Comparative Literature Department, with titles such as: “Trauma and Aggression,” “Work and Depression,” and “Everyday Neoliberalism.”  My courses incorporate both theoretical and literary texts.