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Clinton Nichols is assistant professor in the Sociology & Criminology Department at Dominican University (River Forest, IL USA). His doctoral research in cultural anthropology (Northwestern University) was an ethnographic investigation of squatters’ efforts to earn incomes and secure housing in post-apartheid Windhoek, Namibia. Dr. Nichols was a Fulbright-IIE recipient, and a HistoryMakers 2021 Innovative Pedagogies Fellow. His teaching and research interests focus on housing insecurity, livelihoods, urban colonial and post-apartheid Namibia, policing, and incarceration. Dr. Nichols also volunteers with Prison & Neighborhoods Arts/Education Project, an initiative that delivers undergraduate courses to incarcerated persons at Stateville Correctional Center located near Joliet, IL.
PhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University
MA, Anthropology, Northwestern University
Research Interests
Apartheid and racial segregation
Artistic communities: artists, collectors
Cities: Chicago
Cities: Windhoek, Namibia (colonial and post-independence)
Incarceration: voluntary educational programs
Informality: housing, work
Selected Publications
Notes of a Masked Son (Green Mountains Review, 2021)
On lockdown and locked out of the prison classroom: the prospects of post-secondary education for incarcerated persons during pandemic (Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 2020)
Awards and Grants
Innovative Pedagogy Fellowship, HistoryMakers, 2021
George Washington Henderson Fellowship, University of Vermont, 2002
Minority Dissertation Fellowship (Honorable Mention), American Anthropological Association, 2001
Fulbright-IIE Student Award, J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, 1999
International Predissertation Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 1997


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