Nicholas C. Smith


Nicholas’s research interests focus on stress, social networks, mental health and illness, and stigma and status loss. His current research examines how racial homophily in social networks may serve as a protective factor in some situations (e.g., in buffering against stress from discrimination) but a risk factor in others (e.g., when access to instrumental or financial support is needed). He aims to use his research to better understand how the structure of social networks affects access to key resources and social capital, especially among minority populations.

As a first-generation college student coming from a working-class, single-parent household, Nicholas brings a unique perspective to the world of research that will help him construct feasible and effective policy solutions.


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