Nicole Truesdell

Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Senior Director of the Institute for Transformative Practice
20 Benevolent Street, 2nd floor
(401) 863-1000


Dr. Nicole Truesdell is the Assistant Vice President for Campus Life, the inaugural Senior Director of the Institute for Transformative Practice at Brown University, and affiliated faculty in the Africana Studies Department. In her role she oversees the following student centers and programs: the Brown Center for Students of Color, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, LGBTQ Center, Undocumented-First Generation-Low Income Center, Global Brown Center for International Students, and the Office for Military Affiliated Students. Previously, Dr. Truesdell was the Senior Director for the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness (OADI) at Beloit College and affiliated faculty in the departments of Anthropology and Critical Identity Studies. OADI is an office she created in 2015 that both housed programs focused on working with underserved and underrepresented populations in higher education and conducted faculty and staff development around decolonizing pedagogies. She received her PhD from Michigan State University in Anthropology in 2011, her MA in Anthropology from both Michigan State University (2009) and Louisiana State University (2005), and her BA in Anthropology from Beloit College in 2003. As a trained socio-cultural anthropologist, Dr. Truesdell examines larger systems of oppression and focuses on local means of resistance and thriving within marginalized communities. Her general research interests are in racialized citizenship and belonging in the UK and US, decolonial black praxis, and critical university studies. She has published in various journals and edited volumes, and is currently working on a book manuscript focused on a decolonial black praxis as a liberation story.