Nicola Allain

Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, which has three departments: (1) Arts and Media (2) Historical Studies,  and (3) Literature, Communication, and Cultural Studies.

Also associate professor in the arts, cultural studies, digital media, learning and emerging technologies at SUNY Empire State College, with core teaching and thesis advisement responsibilities in the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies. Formerly the director of curriculum and instructional design for the Center for Distance Learning, I am also a dancer/choreographer specializing in Asia/Pacific traditions. I combine expertise in performing and digital arts and technologies with research in learning design, emerging media and technologies, and immersive environments. Courses I teach include Digital Storytelling, Advanced Design Seminar, Digital Media Arts and Technologies, Digital Identity and Virtual Communities, and a number of independent studies in dance (including Oceanic traditions), design, ethnomusicology and the performing arts.

I translate French poetry and philosophy, and research Ancient Tahitian history, mythology, performance traditions, and ways of knowing to honor the memory of my ancestors. This research focuses on Asia/Pacific and Oceanic philosophy, culture, and performance traditions.


  • M.A. in Dramatic Art, Dance and Music from University of California
  • Ph.D. in Media and Communication from European Graduate School