Marissa 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 focuses on the role of visiting nurses and indigenous promotores de salud in rural health programs. She analyzes how health workers negotiated with local, regional, and federal authorities to adapt campaign practices to local circumstances. She conducted her dissertation research in Oaxaca and Mexico City with the support of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education).