Nicolas Portugal

Assistant Instructional Professor in French
Gates-Blake 208
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-2 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment
ABD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022
Research Interests: 20th and 21st-century French Literature, Cultural Studies (French-American cross-cultural relations), Terrorism studies, Memory Studies, Affect Studies

I have created, designed, and taught various introductory, intermediate, and advanced French courses. As a contemporary French literature specialist, I enjoy incorporating literary and cultural works into my teaching. I firmly believe that a multiliterate-learning approach help students master new languages! 

I was born and raised in France, where I first developed a passion for learning and teaching new languages. I hold a B.A. and a Master's degree in English language(s), literature(s), and culture(s) from the Université d'Artois and Université de Lille, France. I have been living in the USA for (almost!) ten years, and I have been lucky to work for the University of Tennessee and the University of Urbana-Champaign, teaching French and improving my pedagogical skills in second language acquisition. 

Situated at the intersection of literary and (trans)cultural studies, My research includes two lines of inquiry: the relationship between literature and terrorism and the cultural and identity politics surrounding contemporary terrorist violence in France, particularly the attacks on French soil in 2015. 


Recent Courses in RLL
  • FREN 13333 Reading French for Research Purposes Prerequisite Course (Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023)
  • FREN 20100 Language, History, and Culture I (Autumn 2022)
  • FREN 20200 Language, History, and Culture II (Winter 2023)
  • FREN 20300 Language, History, and Culture III (Winter 2023, Spring 2023)
  • FREN 23333 Reading French for Research Purposes (Autumn 2023)