Office: TMH 229
PhD, U.S. History, Stanford University, 2015
MA, History, University of Washington, Seattle, 2009
BA, History, California State University, Long Beach, 2007
African American history, Mexican American history, California and the West, Social Movements, urban history, and political history.
Dr. Casey D. Nichols is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Texas State University. Before starting at Texas State in Fall 2019, Dr. Nichols taught at CSU, East Bay, CSU, Long Beach, and Dickinson College. As a historian, she specializes in the areas of African American history, Mexican American history, U.S. Urban History, Civil Rights History, and Social Justice History. Her current book project, "Poverty Rebels: Black and Brown Protest in Post-Civil Rights America," examines post-1964 antipoverty policy with a specific focus on how these polices shaped African American and Mexican American activist movements in Los Angeles and brought new significance to Black/Brown relations as U.S. racial paradigm. Her Pacific Historical Review (PHR) article titled, "'The Magna Carta to Liberate Our Cities': African Americans, Mexican Americans, and the Model Cities Program in Los Angeles," was published in Summer 2021 and examines the impact of the Chicano Movement on the U.S. federal government's Model Cities Program. Dr. Nichols has received several honors, including a Liberal Arts Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Foundation, and research fellowship from the Huntington Library. In the classroom, Dr. Nichols is deeply invested in connecting history to social justice and teaching US history from the perspective of diverse actors.