Nicole Nieto

Program Director, Ohio State ADVANCE, Office of Research
Adjunct/Visiting Faculty

Nicole Nieto is Program Director with Ohio State ADVANCE in the Office of Research.  The OSU ADVANCE office works to recruit, retain and advance women in the STEMM (STEM plus Medicine) disciplines.  In her role as Program Director, Nicole works with the ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series, REACH for Commercialization and the Women in STEMM Alumni Society.  Nicole regularly facilitates workshops and trainings for departments, colleges and units across campus on topics such as implicit bias, social identity and leadership.  Nicole is an ex officio member of the President and Provost’s Council on Women and serves on the university institutionalization committee of Advocates and Allies.  She is part of the Big 10 Academic Alliance National Research Mentoring Network and facilitates workshops on research mentoring for OSU faculty. 

Nicole serves as a Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) faculty mentor.  Prior to her current role in the Office of Research, Nicole worked for both the Office of Student Life and the Office of Human Resources at Ohio State.

Nicole’s research examines the role of food in community identity.  Her doctoral research examined the role of food in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Her current research interests include immigrant communities and food identities.  Nicole’s research also explores the commercialization activity of women faculty in higher education and the potential barriers to success.

Nicole has taught Gender, Sex and Power; Reading Women Writers; Gender, Sexuality and Race in Popular Culture; and Hollywood, Women and Film.

Areas of Expertise
  • Popular culture
  • Folklore studies
  • Foodways
  • Southern culture
  • Gender, Race and STEM
  • Chicana feminism(s)
  • Ph.D., Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Specialization in Folklore, The Ohio State University, 2015
  • M.A., Women's Studies, University of Alabama, 2002
  • B.A., International Studies, University of Mississippi, 1995