Carly Nichols

About Carly Nichols

I am a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in Human Geography at the School of Geography and Development with a minor in Public Health from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. I am a broadly trained human-environment geographer with specializations in feminist, health, and agro-food geographies. I draw heavily on science and technology studies, medical anthropology, and critical development studies in my scholarship and teaching.  

Areas of Study

South Asia (India), Southern Arizona


I am currently conducting my dissertation research in India entitled Policy Environments and Gender Pathways: Investigating an Agriculture-Nutrition Intervention in India. I have received generous support for this project from the Society of Women Geographer's Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research, the Borlaug Fellowship for Global Food Security, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Margaret Trussell Research Award, the University of Arizona Social and Behavioral Research Institute (SBSRI) Dissertation Award, the University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Research Grant, the Political Geography and the Geographic Perspectives on Women (GPOW) Specialty Groups of the AAG, and the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.  

My Master's thesis research (summer, 2013), HIdden Hunger: A Political Ecology of Food and Nutrition Perception in the Kumaon Hills, India was generously funded by the University of Arizona SBSRI Pre-dissertation Award, the Rural Geography Speciality Group of the AAG, and the GPSC Travel Grant. 

Research Interests

human-environment interactions, food systems, political ecology, feminist and critical social theory, global health, nutrition, and nutrition-related diseases, agricultural development, critical development studies, science and technology studies, South Asia

Selected Publications

Refereed journal articles

Nichols, C (2017). Millets, Milk and Maggi: Contested processes of the nutrition transition in rural India. Agriculture and Human Values. 1-17. doi:10.1007/s10460-017-9781-0. 

Nichols, C. E. (2016). Time Ni Hota Hai: time poverty and food security in the Kumaon hills, India. Gender, Place & Culture, 23:10:1-16. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2016.1160872

Nichols, C E. (2015). Shifting production/shifting consumption: a political ecology of health perceptions in Kumaon, India. Geoforum 64, 182-191.

Other Publications

Nichols, C. (2016), Encountering Affect: Capacities, Apparatuses, Conditions by Ben Anderson, Routledge, New York, 2014. The Canadian Geographer 60: e46–e47

Nichols, C (2013). 'Mid Day Meal: Look Beyond the Food'. India Together. August 27, 2013. (re-published on the Public Political Ecology Blog)

Nichols, C (2012). 'Developing World Dietary Transition: An Empirical Investigation in Delhi, India'. Global Currents 8:2, Spring 2012. Center for International Education, UW-Milwaukee.

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Contact Information

Carly Nichols
PhD Candidate
Office: ENR2 S595-CC
Office Hours: Rotating


MA Geography, University of Arizona, 2012

BA Economics and International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010


Courses Taught

GEOG 367: Population Geography (spring 2016), teaching assistant

GEOG 150c1: Environment and Society (winter session 2015), instructor

GEOG 170a: Introduction to Physical Geography (fall 2015), teaching assistant

GEOG 395C: Current Topics in Geography (fall 2013, 2014 and spring 2014, 2015), instructor 

GEOG 150B1: Human Geography and World Systems (fall 2012, spring 2013), teaching assistant