Marissa L. Nichols

Marissa Nichols


BA in History and Spanish, Bridgewater State University, 2014
MA in History, UNC-Charlotte, 2016
MA in History, Emory University, 2019

Research Interests

Modern Mexico
History of Public Health
Nursing History
Gender Studies

Dissertation Title

"Indigenous Nurses in the Countryside: Vaccination Programs in Oaxaca, Mexico, 1942-1973"

Faculty Advisors

Yanna Yannakakis
Jeffrey Lesser
Kylie Smith


Marissa Nichols is a PhD candidate studying the history of public health and nursing in modern Mexico. Set in twentieth-century Oaxaca, her dissertation examines the role of visiting nurses and indigenous promotores de salud in the expansion of state-led rural health programs. She analyzes how health workers negotiated with local inhabitants, municipal authorities, and higher-up health officials to examine their role in reshaping community-state relations. Her dissertation research has been generously supported by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education), H-31 Pre-Doctoral Grant (American Association for the History of Nursing), Professional Development Support Funds (Emory University), and George P. Cuttino Scholarships (Emory University).