Nicole Stokes


Associate VP of Institutional Effectiveness & Diversity

MA, Sociology, State University of New York-New Paltz
MPS, Multicultural Education, State University of New York-New Paltz
PhD, Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology

Race, Class and Gender
Social Theory
Social Problems
Senior Seminar in Sociology/ Criminal Justice

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

My primary objective in the classroom is not only to educate students about the substantive material but also to foster their critical thinking skills. I hope that when students leave my classroom, they feel respected, self-actualized and have enhanced confidence in their abilities to think and act as future change agents in our society.

This objective is reflected in my teaching methods which are both problem-posing and inquiry-based with the primary goal of creating a classroom environment that encourages diverse points of view and critical conversation. I want students to question their social realities and to recognize that individually and collectively they have the power to shape and mold the society in which we live.

I believe that education is a vital socialization tool and a liberal arts education particularly enables students to use what they have learned to shape the kinds of people and citizens they will become.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Dr. Stokes is a political sociologist and an accomplished educator with over 15 years of experience and expertise in teaching diverse student populations. Stokes-DuPass' research focuses on the state, international migration, citizenship, social integration and Scandinavian and European studies. She has published, Integration and New Limits on Citizenship Rights: Denmark and Beyond (2015) is published with Palgrave-MacMillan. Her most recent book with Ramona Fruja is entitled, Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century (2015) and is forthcoming with Palgrave-MacMillan.

Dr. Stokes previously served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow at Roskilde University and Guest Researcher at the Danish Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also previously served as a Dissertation Fellow for the American-Scandinavian Foundation to Denmark and has also conducted research abroad in Russia, Germany and Cuba.

2013 "The Politics of Identity in Contemporary Denmark." ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing Ann Arbor, MI

Awards and Honors

Dissertation Fellow to Denmark, American-Scandinavian Foundation (2008)
Visiting Scholar to Denmark, Danish-American Fulbright Foundation (2000-2001)
Graduate Fellow, Sojourner Truth Minority Fellowship Foundation, State University of New York (1997-1999)

Nicole Stokes
Office: HFH 408E
Phone: 267-341-3695