Nicole Peeler Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Popular Fiction Program


Nicole Peeler writes urban fantasy novels for Orbit Books, and teaches undergraduate and graduate writing classes at Seton Hill University. Her academic interests include Modern and Postmodern fiction; issues of gender, sexuality, and power; and the pre-ideological development of values. Her teaching interests include Modern fiction, fiction writing, composition, and building author platforms.


Joined Seton Hill: 2010
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Personal Areas of Interest: Traveling, reading, writing, and cooking.
Academic Areas of Interest: Modern fiction, the fiction of Philip Roth and Martin Amis, masculinity studies, gender and sexuality, the pre-ideological formation of values, basic composition, fiction writing, Urban Fantasy, genre fiction, and popular fiction.





  • Romance Writers of America
  • Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) [More Information]


  • “When Words Collide—How Creative Writing Programs Address Popular Fiction” (Panelist). AWP 2015. Minneapolis, MN. April 9, 2015.
  • “What Belongs in the Romance Canon?” (Panelist). What is Love: Romance Fiction in the Digital Age. Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Feb. 11, 2015.
  • “Fragmenting Opportunity.” Coherent Fragments and the “Big Books” of Modernism. MSA 16 (Modernist Studies Association). Pittsburgh, PA, 8/7/2014.
  • Distinguished Speaker, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Lecture on Worldbuilding and Public Reading, Shreveport, LA, 31 Oct 2013.
  • “Experiencing the Unexperienced: Theories of Trauma in Derrida and Blanchot.” Reeling in the Years: 30 Years of Film, TV and Popular Culture. Southwest Texas PCA/ACA. Albuquerque, NM. 27 February 2009.