Nina Ernst teaches courses in Swedish at Columbia at elementary and intermediate levels.
She received her PhD (2017) in Comparative Literature, her MA (2011) in Literature/Culture/Media, and her Teacher’s Degree in Swedish and English (1998) from University of Lund, Sweden. She is the author of Att teckna sitt jag. Grafiska självbiografier i Sverige (Depicting One’s Self: Graphic Memoirs in Sweden, Apart Forlag, 2017).
Prior to joining the Germanic Department at Columbia, she taught Swedish and Comparative Literature at University of Lund, as well at Linnæus University, Sweden, where she also supervised undergraduates at the Teacher’s Program. She is especially interested in foreign language methodology. Nina has a long experience in high school education in Sweden, where she taught Swedish and English over 13 years before doing her PhD.
Her research interests include comics studies, narratology and multimodal studies. She is currently focusing on graphic medicine, particularly stories of illness in Scandinavian graphic novels.