Professor Emeritus and Research Professor; James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities
Stephen G. Nichols, James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University, also served as director of the School of Criticism and Theory, based at Cornell, from 1995–2000. A specialist in medieval literature, art, and history, he received the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding book by an MLA author in 1984 for Romanesque Signs: Early Medieval Narrative and Iconography.
In 1991, The New Philology, conceived and edited by Nichols for the Medieval Academy of America, was honored by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. In 1992, the University of Geneva conferred on him the title of Docteur ès Lettres, honoris causa, while the French Minister of Culture made him Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1999.
He is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, an Honorary Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory, and has written or edited 19 books. He has been visiting professor at a number of universities in North America, Europe, England, and Israel, and has held the following major fellowships: Guggenheim, N.E.H., ACLS (junior and senior), and APS.