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Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Nichols' research is in the areas of: participatory program planning and evaluation, the application of sociology in non-profit organizations, the study of inequalities, the experiences of first generation college students, and teaching about inequality. She has most recently published in the Journal of Social Policy, Homelessness in America; Public Sociology: Research, Action, and Change; and the Journal of Family Issues.
At Santa Clara she teaches Applied Sociology, Social Stratification, Principles of Sociology, Group Dynamics, Qualitative Sociology, and Self, Community, and Society.