• Briana Nichols
  • Briana Nichols
  • Post-Doctoral Associate
  • Research Interests: Guatemala, Central American Migration
  • Degree: Ph.D. The University of Pennsylvania
  • Background: Dr. Briana Nichols is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Anthropology.  Her work and interests connect transnational development, critical theories of mobility and indigenous studies.   Her dissertation (Imagining un Futuro Digno: Indigenous youth striving for non-migration in Guatemala) explores the impact of migration in Guatemala and how indigenous youth construct futures in communities from which everyone else is leaving.  Her work engages with the afterlives of migration and asks how youth fight to remain in their communities of origin.  She has published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and is the co-editor and contributing author of a special issue of the International Journal of Refugee Studies. At Rutgers she will be teaching a section of our Introduction to Latin American Studies in the Fall and helping organize presentations, workshops and student projects on Central American societies and migration.
  • Courses taught at Rutgers: Latin America: An Introduction
  • Courses:
  • 590:101 Latin America: An Introduction (6391)