Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (Linguistics).
Professor Nichols has retired but remains actively involved in teaching and mentoring graduate students.
Teaching: All aspects of Slavic linguistics; historical linguistics, typology, languages of the Caucasus, languages and peoples of Eurasia.
Research interests: Slavic historical linguistics, Slavic morphosyntax. Historical linguistics; typology; linguistic geography and areal linguistics; computational phylogeny. Languages of the Caucasus; languages of the Eurasian steppe.
Current projects: : Transitivity, reflexivization, and aspect in Slavic. Prefixation and valence in Slavic languages. Slavic phylogeny and the spread of late Proto-Slavic. Chechen and Ingush fieldwork (grammar, text collections); Nakh-Daghestanian reconstruction. Language spreads. Books in progress: Languages of the Caucasus; Language Spreads (with Richard Rhodes).
- Ingush Grammar. University of California Publications in Linguistics. Late summer 2011.
- Chechen-English and English-Chechen Dictionary. London: Routledge, 2004.
- Ingush-English and English-Ingush Dictionary. London: Routledge, 2004.
- Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time. University of Chicago Press, 1992.
- Predicate Nominals: A Partial Surface Syntax of Russian. University of California Publications in Linguistics, 1981.
- The evolution of Slavic. Matthias Fritz and Jared Klein, eds., Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, in press.
- Forerunners to globalization: The Eurasian steppe and its periphery. Cornelius Hasselblatt, Peter Houtzagers, and Remco van Pareren, eds., Language Contact in Times of Globalization, 177-195. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011.
- Indeterminate motion verbs are denominal. New Approaches to Slavic Verbs of Motion, eds. Viktoria Hasko and Renee Perelmutter, 47-65. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2010.
- Proving Dene-Yeniseian genealogical relatedness. James Kari and Ben A. Potter, eds., The Dene-Yeniseian Connection. Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska Vol. 5 (New Series):1-2.299-309, 2010.
- Linguistic complexity: A comprehensive definition and survey. Geoffrey Sampson, ed., Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable, 110-125. Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Gabriela Caballero, Michael J. Houser, Nicole Marcus, Teresa McFarland, Anne Pycha, Maziar Toosarvandani, Suzanne Wilhite, Johanna Nichols. Nonsyntactic ordering effects in noun incorporation. Linguistic Typology 12:3.383-421 (2008)
- Language spread rates as indicators of glacial-age peopling of the Americas. Current Anthropology 49:6.1109-1117 plus supporting online material (2008).
- A typological geography for Proto-Indo-European. In Karlene Jones-Bley, Martin E. Huld, Angela Della Volpe, and Miriam Robbins Dexter, eds., Proceedings of the 18th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 191-211. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man (2007)