Marissa Nichols


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

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

Jeffrey Lesser
Thomas D. Rogers
Yanna Yannakakis


My research focuses on the social history of public health and nursing in late twentieth-century Oaxaca, Mexico. For my dissertation, I examine how indigenous nurses worked alongside federal and local health officials to facilitate the first national vaccination campaign. I analyze how indigenous nurses adapted campaign methods and practices in response to highly variable geographies and populations.