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Kyle Anne Nelson

Kyle Anne Nelson

Professor and Deparment Chair

Department of Sociology
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2592
Cand 2285B
Office Hours
Wednesdays 12-2 and by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of Sociology
Campus Box 142
Greeley, CO 80639


Professional/Academic Experience

Other Experience

Research/Areas of Interest

Publications/Creative Works

Newman, H., Nelson, K. (2021). Mother needs a bigger "helper": A critique of "wine mom" discourse, hegemonic intensive motherhood, and false resistance. Sociology Compass, 15(4). DOI: https://doi-org.unco.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/soc4.12868 

Nelson, K. (2021). "The Refugee Aesthetic: Reimagining Southeast Asian America" by Timothy K. August. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 

Nelson, K., Marston, C. (2019). Refugee Migration Histories in a Meatpacking Town: Blurring the Line between Primary and Secondary Migration. Journal of International Migration and Integration. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-019-00694-9.

Myers, Q. W.O., Nelson, K. (2018). “I should not forget!”: Qualitative evidence of social and cultural transnationalism among refugees who are disconnected from home. Ethnic and Racial Studies.. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2018.1432874

 Marston, C., Nelson, K., Behr, M. (2016). Invisible and on the Margins: A Demographic Profile of Emerging Refugee Population in Northern Colorado. International Journal of Migration and Residential Mobility, 1(3), 253-268. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMRM.2016.079425

Nelson, Kyle Anne and Christine Marston (co-authors). 2015. “Incorporating Service Learners in Community Engaged Research: Experiential Application of Social Science Perspectives and Research Methods.” The Journal of Educational Research and Innovation, 4(1).

Nelson, Kyle Anne, Christine Marston, and Michelle Behr (co-authors). 2014. "Bridge to Graduation: Evaluation of a High School Dropout Prevention Program for Latino Males." Journal for the Education of Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 19(3-4), 215-228.

Nelson, Kyle Anne and Michel Infante. 2014. “Integrating the best of both worlds: Details from Mexican-origin college students about their bicultural identities and adjustment experiences.” International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences (RIMCIS), 3(1).

Nelson, Kyle Anne. 2013. “Does residential segregation help or hurt? Exploring differences in the relationship between segregation and health among U.S. Hispanics by nativity and ethnic subgroup.” The Social Sciences Journal, 50(4), 646-657.

Honors and Awards

2022 Award for Excellence in Service and Advising, Humanities and Social Sciences (UNC, $500 for research)

2013 Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research (UNC, $1,000 for research)

More Information

Dr. Kyle Anne Nelson is Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She joined the UNC faculty in 2009 after earning her PhD in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches courses both on campus and online in UNC's undergraduate and graduate programs on a range of topics including principles of sociology, class and inequality, global immigration, social policy, race, racism and power, and sociology of popular culture. Dr. Nelson has conducted a range of quantitative and qualitative research in the areas of racial and ethnic inequality and health disparities. From 1996-2003, Dr. Nelson worked at The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., as a health policy analyst studying access to Medicaid for low income families. She earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at GWU in 2000. She was an officer of the board of directors for Greeley’s Global Refugee Center (now the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado) from 2013-2017. Dr. Nelson recently wrote a textbook for introduction to Sociology students entitled, "Magic Eye of Sociology: Pulling Blurred Social Forces into Clear Focus" (2023, Great River Learning). Her current research focuses on intersections of class, race, immigration, and economics in her hometown, Vail, Colorado, and will be published in a forthcoming book.

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