Faculty & Staff

Dr. Todd Kennedy

Title: Associate Professor of English
Department: English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
Email: todd.kennedy@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4860
Dept. Phone: 985-448-4453
Office Location: Peltier Hall, 246I



B.A., Virginia Military Institute; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina


Todd Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Modern Languages, & Cultural Studies at Nicholls State University, where he is the Film Studies program advisor and teaches film and American literary modernism.  Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in 20th Century American Literature and Film from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University. Best known for his work on Sofia Coppola, Kennedy has also published academic articles on the films of Julio Medem, Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Benh Zeitlin, and Gordon Ball, and two articles on Bob Dylan’s music. His article “‘Off with Hollywood’s Head’: Sofia Coppola as Feminine Auteur” remains on the suggested reading list for both the French and Mexican national cinemeteques. His ongoing book project The Road to Nowhere Leads Everywhere takes an interdisciplinary approach as it explores the trope of the hobo-hero throughout modernity. His current book project explores the relationship between Anthony Bourdain and his filmic and literary influencers. In addition to being Director of the program in film studies, he is the Chair of the Fletcher Lecture Series, the former Co-Chair for the NSU English Society, and is actively involved with the NSU International Film Society. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Kennedy has been living in Southeast Louisiana since 2005. Prior to his association with Nicholls State, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane University. Formerly the resident film critic for WhatNow! magazine.


English 240 – Introduction to Film
English 368 – Technical & Professional Writing
English 440 – Topics in Film: Body in Film