Nicole Mixson-Perez, PhD
Medical Sociology and Anthropology, Race/Ethnicity
Dr. Nicole Mixson-Perez is a Miami native who is passionate about teaching and research. She received her Ph.D. (emphasis in Sociology) from the interdisciplinary department Global and Sociocultural Studies that brings together Sociology, Anthropology and Geography in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She received her Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Miami with specializations in Medical Sociology and Race/Ethnic Relations. As part of her doctoral dissertation entitled “Sizing Up Miami: A Multilevel Analysis of the Discourses and Politics of Obesity,” she employed content and discourse analysis as well as in-depth ethnographic interviews to examine and question assumptions and beliefs about bodies and health. Her research interests and skills reach across disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences and humanities. She is more broadly concerned with questions addressing policy issues and lived experiences related to health, bodies, food and place and the role of race, ethnicity, class and gender.
Dr. Mixson-Perez has over nine years of teaching and research experience in the social sciences and specializes in qualitative ethnographic methods.