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Nicole Rousseau

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Howard University, 2006

Nicole Rousseau earned her doctorate in Sociology from Howard University.  Her work on the structural and institutional roots of race, class, and gender inequalities, social rhetoric and identity formation, and Historical Womanist theory have been included in several publications in the US and South America.  Dr. Rousseau has recently been awarded the North Central Sociological Association’s Scholarly Achievement Award for her first book, Black Woman’s Burden: Commodifying Black Reproduction (Palgrave Macmillan).  She is assistant professor in the department of Sociology at Kent State University, where she teaches courses in inequalities and social problems.  She is currently pursuing a developing interest in exploring Black women’s reproductive health disparities. 

Courses Taught


  • Social Inequalities
  • Minorities in America
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Social Problems
  • Freshman Experience: Civic Engagement
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Areas
  • Reproductive Health Disparities
  • Structural And Institutional Roots Of Race, Class, Gender And Sexuality Inequalities
  • Politics Of Reproduction/Sexuality
  • Health Disparities
Nicole Rousseau
Department of Sociology
Phone: 330-672-2790
Fax: 330-672-4724