Z Nicolazzo

Z Nicolazzo is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult, and Higher Education and faculty association the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Northern Illinois University.  Z has over 10 years of experience as a student affairs educator, including at Dartmouth College as a Complex Director with a collateral assignment in the Co-ed Fraternity and Sorority Office and at The University of Arizona as a Violence Prevention Specialist in Campus Health Services and a Coordinator in the Fraternity and Sorority Programs Office.  

Z’s research agenda focuses on mapping gender across college contexts, with particular attention paid to trans* collegians.  Z’s work also focuses on affirmative- and resilience-based approaches to working alongside trans* collegians as well as promoting the (un)learning of normative gender constructs in higher education.  ​

The author of Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, an 18-month critical collaborative ethnography that explores the strategies nine tran* college students used to successfully navigate their collegiate environment, Z has also had work published in the Journal of LGBT Youth, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs, Journal of College and University Student Housing, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Z holds a doctoral degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Miami University, a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Roger Williams University.