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Harvey L. Nicholson Jr.



Assistant Professor in Sociology and Criminology, Law & Society



Turlington 3333


Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours: by Appointment on Zoom





Harvey L. Nicholson Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law. He received his B.A. in Sociology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Sociology from Lehigh University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. He was also a Health Policy Research Scholar at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

His research focuses on racial and ethnic minority health, substance use, and racial attitudes between minority groups. He has published his research in several peer-reviewed journals, including Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Journal of Black Studies, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Examining the adverse health effects of discrimination among various US Asian ethnic groups is an example of one of his current research projects.

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Areas of Specialization

  • Racial and Ethnic Minority Health
  • Substance Use
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Racial and Ethnic Minority Relations
  • Quantitative Methods


  • Nicholson Jr. H.L. (in press). Associations between Major and Everyday Discrimination and Self-Rated Health among US Asians and Asian Americans. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. [online ahead of print] Doi: 10.1007/s40615-019-00654-0
  • Nicholson Jr, H. L., Carter, J. S., & Restar, A. (in press). Strength in Numbers: Perceptions of Political Commonality with Black Americans among Asians and Asian Americans in the United States. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. [online ahead of print] Doi: 2332649218785648
  • Rigg, K and Nicholson Jr., H.L. (2019). Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use among Black Adults: A Rural-Urban Comparison of Prevalence and Risk. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  • Nicholson Jr., H.L. & Vincent, J. (2019). Gender Differences in Prescription Opioid Misuse among Black Adults. Substance Use & Misuse.
  • Nicholson Jr, H. L., & Ford, J. A. (2019). Sociodemographic, Neighborhood, Psychosocial, and Substance Use Correlates of Cocaine Use among Black Adults: Findings from a Pooled Analysis of National Data. Addictive Behaviors. 88, 182-186.
  • Donley, A. & Nicholson Jr, H.L. (2019). Comparing the Health of Relocated Public Housing Residents and Current Residents of a Historically Black Community: The Moderating Role of Social Cohesion. Journal of Black Studies. [online ahead of print] Doi: 0021934718799029.
  • Ford, J. A., Hinojosa, M. S., & Nicholson Jr, H. L. (2018). Disability Status and Prescription Drug Misuse among US Adults. Addictive Behaviors. 85, 64-69.
  • Nicholson Jr, H. L., & Ford, J. A. (2018). Correlates of Prescription Opioid Misuse among Black Adults: Findings from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 186, 264-267.