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Nicolaus (Nick) R. Espitia

Nicolaus (Nick) R. Espitia

PhD Student. Social Work/Sociology Graduate - 2022

Nicolaus Espitia, MSW'11, MA 2014, is a PhD candidate in the Joint Social Work and Sociology doctoral program. His research focuses on the political participation of undocumented Latinx immigrants. Additionally, Nicolaus has a background in community organizing, policy advocacy and program evaluation. He currently works with several immigrant advocacy groups within the state of Michigan. Previously, Nicolaus has worked as a policy consultant for a federally qualified health care clinic in Detroit, MI and as a communications specialist for the Michigan State Senate.

Dissertation Title

Our Existence is a Political Issue: Examining the Political Participation of Undocumented Latinx Immigrants in the Midwest


Year Degree   School
2022 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2014 MA University of Michigan
2011 MSW University of Michigan
2006 BA University of Michigan


Year Description
2019 - Winter King/Chavez/Parks Fellowship
2019 - Fall Rackham Travel Grant
2018 - Fall Rackham Travel Grant
2017 - Winter John Longres Award
2017 - Fall Rackham Travel Grant

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