Nicole Calian received her PhD from the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington in 2008. She also completed graduate course work at Seattle University in existential-phenomenological psychology. Between 2008 – 2014 Nicole was an acting instructor and part-time lecturer in three different departments of the University of Washington (Germanics , CHID = Comparative History of Ideas , First Year Discovery Program, UW Bothell ). During the summer of 2014 she worked as the academic director for an intensive study abroad course in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, Nicole gained valuable experience functioning as an organizer on the steering committee for the conference entitled “Women in the Professions”. The conference brought together professional women in leadership roles from the private business sector, the arts and academia. She continues to support the education of young girls and women as a mentor at the Seattle Girls School. She is also active as a volunteer at various Jewish community centers in greater Seattle.
Nicole has published several articles: among them one on Lavater and Kant [a debate on the emergence of physiological anthropology]; on Heinrich Heine [towards a cyclical perception of history]: on ETA Hoffmann [the hermeneutics of the ocular]. Articles on titles by Lessing [Sara Sampson as prescient critique of the anthropological turn] and Kant and the discourse of dreams as well as on Kant and Foucault [liminal experience of dreams] are in the process of completion. Nicole is currently revising and editing her dissertation, which centers on Kant’s lectures on anthropology 1772-1798.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being physically active. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.