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Cheryl L. Nicholas

Cheryl L. Nicholas

Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Global Studies, Penn State Berks


  1. M.A., University of Oklahoma, 2001
  2. Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2004

Cheryl L. Nicholas is an ethnographer who enjoys doing research in her homeland, Malaysia. Her research is based on how symbolic activity constitutes and is constituted by cultural worldviews. Her research has been published in journals such as Sexuality and Culture, Communication Quarterly, Storytelling, Self & Society, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and as book chapters in Queer Identities/Political Realities, and Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation. She received the 2011 Penn State Berks Outstanding Full-Time Teacher Award and the 2015 Penn State Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Award for Outstanding Service. In 2017 she was honored in the National Communication Association 'Teachers on Teaching' series, and in 2019 she was named an Alumni Teaching Fellow at Penn State. She teaches classes in intercultural communication, nonverbal communication, storytelling, and communication theory, and on focused topics such as LGBTQ identity, comic-book communities, and food culture.