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Nicole Taylor

Texas State University Applied Anthropology, Dr. Nicole Taylor, Cultural Anthropology Dr. Nicole Taylor
Associate Professor

Office: ELA 236
Phone: 512.245.2473

Curriculum Vitae

PhD –University of Arizona, Anthropology
MA—Texas A&M University, English
BA—Texas State University, English

I’m an anthropologist who explores contemporary social issues related to education and health through the analytic lens of language practices. My research includes teasing and bullying in schools, childhood obesity, and body image concerns among youth.  I am currently working on an NSF funded research project that examines how college students experience body image and engage in identity work within online social media platforms. A central goal of this research is to explore ethical and methodological boundaries of conducting participant observation within semi-private social media forums where a person must be "invited" or "accepted." 

I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Arizona.  Following graduate school, I worked in nonprofit and corporate settings conducting research in the areas of substance abuse, education and poverty, childhood obesity, and school climate. I then served for five years as the Director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico before returning to Texas State University, my undergraduate alma mater, to accept a faculty position.

Research Interests

Language, gender, and identity; teasing and gossip practices; childhood obesity and body image; adolescent and young adult health; ethnographic and applied research methods; contemporary U.S. and educational research settings

Selected Publications

Taylor, Nicole
2017. Fat is a Linguistic Issue: Discursive Negotation of Power, Identity, and the Gendered Body among Youth. In Fat Planet: Obesity, Culture, and Symbolic Body Capital. Eileen Anderson-Fye and Alexandra Brewis, eds. pp. 125-147. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press; Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Taylor, Nicole, and Mimi Nichter.
2017.  Studying Body Image and Food Consumption Practices. In Research Methods in the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. John A. Brett and Janet Chrzan, eds.  pp. 58-69.  Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books.

Taylor, Nicole, and Mimi Nichter.
2017.  Body Image: Supporting Healthy Behaviors on College Campuses. In Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education: How to Promote Student Health During and After College. David S. Anderson, ed.  Pp. 19-37. New York: Routledge.

Taylor, Nicole
2016.  Schooled on Fat: What Teens Tell Us About Gender, Body Image, and Obesity. New York: Routledge (Innovative Ethnographies Series).
Finalist (Anthropology/Archeology), 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
First Place (Societal Issues), 2016-2017 ReaderViews Literary Awards
Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 2016-2017 Reviewers' Choice Awards

Taylor, Nicole
2011. Negotiating Popular Obesity Discourses in Adolescence: School Food, Personal Responsibility, and Gendered Food Consumption Behaviors. Food, Culture & Society 14(4): 587-606.

Taylor, Nicole
2011. “Guys, She’s Humongous!”: Gender and Weight-Based Teasing in Adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Research 26(2):178-199.

Popular Media

2017.  Author Interview. Inside Scoop Live (July 12)

2016.  How Teens Experience Fat Teasing and Body Image During a Time of Heightened Obesity Stigma. Huffington Post Blog (July 21).