Faculty & Staff

Arati Jambotkar Watson

Title: Instructor of English
Department: English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
Email: arati.watson@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4441
Dept. Phone: 985-448-4453
Office Location: Peltier Hall, 257F



Ph.D., St. John’s University (in progress)
M.A., Northwestern State University
B.L.A. (summa cum laude), University of Massachusetts Lowell


Ms. A.J., as she is known to her students, has been an Instructor of English in the Department of
English, Modern Languages, and Cultural Studies since 2019. She is originally from LaPlace,
Louisiana, and Nicholls was an instrumental part in her academic upbringing since she attended
district literary rallies on campus annually in high school.

Her research interests include composition, LGBTQIA+ literature, and screenwriting. Ms. A.J.
placed as a quarterfinalist among over 7,500 screenplays in the Nicholl Fellowship in
Screenwriting competition given each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences—the same organization that hosts the Oscars. She also placed in the top ten of over
3,600 screenplays in Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope screenwriting contest. She has
written fifteen scripts total, some modern-day Shakespearean adaptations but most original
screenplays. Ms. A.J. was also a guest speaker and panel member of LA Femme: Questioning
the Definition of Louisiana Women, a symposium held to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues.

She is a huge fan of The Princess Bride and has three fur babies: two dogs (Dellah and Lola) and
a cat (Rori). She and her wife (Sam) live in Thibodaux.


English 101 – English Composition I
English 102 – English Composition II
English 213 – Young Adult Literature

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