Nicole Torres, PhD

Assistant Professor, Woodring College of Education


I am a cultural anthropologist and clinical social worker. I am also the author of Walls of Indifference: Immigration and the Militarization of the US-Mexico Border (2015), a book based on my doctoral research. That research focused on the social and political practices of militarization and its effects on the wellbeing of people and the communities in which they live. I learned that the process of militarization and the political violence associated with it has tangible social, psychological, and physical effects on people living in targeted communities. My experiences while conducting doctoral research led me to obtaining a degree in clinical social work. I am also a practicing psychotherapist  and clinical supervisor for MSW students and associate-level clinicians. I work primarily from Lacanian and ecopsychological perspectives.

Selected Publications