Maia Nichols brings an interdisciplinary background in psychology and fine arts to media studies, visual culture and material culture studies. An artist trained in art history, her research focuses on craft, design and colonial histories of care.
Nichols is a Lebanese American-Canadian dual citizen and artist with a Ph.D. in art history, criticism, and theory from the University of California San Diego, specializing in 20th-century French and North African visual and material culture, postcolonial theory, and the history of social psychiatry. She holds degrees in psychology and visual art from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a master's in aesthetics and politics from the California Institute of the Arts.
Nichols is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for the 2023-2024 academic year.