Nicholas Wallerstein

Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein 

Humanities - English 
Office: Meier Hall 310 


Dr. Wallerstein has been a professor at Black Hills State University since 1997. He primarily teaches early British poetry (focussing on Shakespeare, Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton), but also teaches--or has taught--the King James Bible, seminars in modern poetry, early world literature, later world literature, later British literature, modern American literature, history of rhetoric, composition, speech, seminars in classical and medieval romance, western religions, and introduction to philosophy. His formal, university-level studies in languages include Greek, Latin, Old English, Middle English, and modern French. Besides teaching at BHSU, he has taught at the University of Oregon, the University of Providence (Great Falls, Mont.), the California State University-East Bay, and Rockford University (Rockford, Ill.). He was the recipient of the BHSU Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015 (BHSU's highest faculty honor) and the Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Providence in 1994. He has published scholarly articles in journals such as Language and Literature, The Literary Griot: International Journal of Black Expressive Culture Studies, Middle-Atlantic Writers Association Review, In Geardagum: Essays on Old and Middle English, Pacific Coast Philology, Language and Style, and the Eugene O'Neill Review. He holds degrees from Harvard (M.T.S.), the University of California (B.A.), the University of Oregon (Ph.D.), and the California State University (M.A.). He was born and raised in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the New England boarding school Middlesex. His hobbies include hiking in the Black Hills, listening to jazz and electronic pop music, and writing emails. He lives with his wife and two cats on a hillside above Spearfish.