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Department ofSociology

Laura Nichols

Laura Nichols

Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2000, Sociology, University of Akron

Dr. Nichols is an applied sociologist who works to make social science research useful to organizations and policy-makers. Her recent research projects focus on reducing inequality in the education system, the experiences of first-generation college students, and participatory program planning and evaluation.

At Santa Clara she teaches Applied Sociology, Social Stratification, Research Methods, Principles of Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, and Self, Community, and Society.

Selected Reports and Projects

Book: The Journey Before Us: First-Generation Pathways from Middle School to College to be published January 2020

Podcast on the Experiences of First-Generation College Students

Book: Undocumented and In College: Students and Institutions in an Age of National Hostility

Unhoused Riders on Bus Line 22


Link to Publications on Scholar Commons 


Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae