Nichole Sanders, PhD

Associate Professor of History
Director, MA in History

Nichole Sanders


505 Brevard #1


  • Fall 2009 – present: Associate Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • Fall 2003 – 2009: Assistant Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • Fall 1996 – Spring 2003: Instructor, History, University of California, Irvine

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD in Latin American history with graduate feminist emphasis,  University of California, Irvine, 2003
  • Master of Arts in history, Texas State University San Marcos, August 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts in history, minor in Spanish, University of Texas, Austin, May 1992

Professional/Research Interests

I am interested in issues of gender, political legitimacy, state formation, and economic development, not just in Mexico but all over Latin America. Here at LC, I teach world civilizations, as well as the survey of Latin American history.

Academic Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

  • Virginia Federation for Independent Colleges: Mednick Fellowship, 2007.
  • Conference on Latin American History: Lewis-Hanke Prize: best proposal for research to transform a dissertation into a book, 2005.
  • Lynchburg College: Faculty Development Grant for Summer Research, 2004.
  • UC Mexus/CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2003-2004 academic year. (declined)



  • Gender and Welfare in Mexico: The Consolidation of a Postrevolutionary State (1937-1958). Penn State University Press, 2011.
  • Co-editor, with Rebecca Plant, Lori Weintrob and Marian Van der Klein. Maternalism Reconsidered: Social Welfare in Twentieth Century History. Berghahn Books, 2012.

Published articles

  • Gender and Welfare Reform in Mexico: The Construction of a Postrevolutionary State.” Gender and History, 20:1 (2008).
  • Co-author with Sabita Manian. “Blood, Sex and Power: A Learning Community.” Journal of Women’s History, 17:4 (December 2005).

Essays, book chapters and encyclopedia entries

  • “Protecting Mothers in Order to Protect Children: The Seventh Pan-American Child Congress and the Latin American ‘Civilizing Mission.'” In Maternalism Reconsidered: Social Welfare in Twentieth Century History, edited by Rebecca Plant, Nichole Sanders, Marian Van der Klein and Lori Weintrob. Berghahn Books, 2012.
  • “Mothering Mexico: The Historiography of Mothers and Motherhood in Twentieth-Century Mexico.” History Compass, Vol. 7, (2009).
  • “Improving Mothers: Poverty, the Family, and ‘Modern’ Social Assistance in Mexico, 1937-1950.” In The Women’s Revolution: Women and Womanhood in Mexico, 1910-1953, edited by Patience Schell and Stephanie Mitchell. Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.
  • Herrick, John and Paul Stuart, eds. Encyclopedia of Social Welfare in North America. Sage Publications, 2004.
    • “Twentieth-century Mexican Welfare Institutions”
    • “Mother and Family Programs in Twentieth-Century Mexico”

Professional Associations

  • American Historical Association
  • Conference of Latin American Historians
  • Latin American Studies Association