Tekla Nicholas, PhD

Tekla Nicholas, PhD

Cultural Anthropology, Immigrants and Education, Haitian Immigrants, Transnational Families

I am a long-time resident of South Florida with roots in New Jersey, undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, M.A. in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University, and M.A. in Comparative Sociology at FIU. My research has focused on Haitian immigrants to South Florida with a particular interest in immigrant incorporation in terms of academic achievement, the impact of race, ethnic churches, familism, and transnational family processes. My thesis examined the paradox of high aspirations and low academic achievement among the children of Haitian immigrants. Subsequent research considers the impact of de jure school segregation on the education of Haitian youth. My dissertation research is focused on intergenerational and transnational family processes including the impacts of US immigration policy on Haitian parent-child separation, transnational child-rearing, family reunification, and academic achievement.