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Nolan Kline, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Co-Coordinator of the Global Health Program

Nolan Kline Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Co-Coordinator of the Global Health Program
Nolan Kline is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Co-Coordinator of the Global Health Program at Rollins College. 
His primary research areas include immigrant policing and health, immigration and health policy, sexual health focusing on human papillomavirus, and LGBTQ+ Latinx activism following the Pulse shooting. Much of his research is informed by theories of biopolitics, critical race theory, and the political economy of health. 
Prior to joining the faculty at Rollins, he was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer Science at Purdue University. He received his PhD and MA in Applied Anthropology, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. He is a Rollins College alumnus and earned his undergraduate degree in Anthropology. He also holds a certification in public health from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. 
As an applied, medical anthropologist, his work intersects with public health, policy, and activism.

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Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2015. Concentration: biocultural medical anthropology 
M.P.H., Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, 2015
M.A., Applied Anthropology, University of South Florida, 2010
B.A., Anthropology, magna cum laude, honors in Anthropology, minors in Spanish and Jewish Studies, Rollins College, 2008

Professional Certifications

National Board of Public Health Examiners, certified in Public Health (C.P.H.). 

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Anthropology | Rollins College
2016 - present

Co-Coordinator, Global Health Program | Rollins College 
2016 - present

Co-Coordinator, Global Health Program | Purdue University
2015 - 2016

Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology | Rollins College

Adjunct Professor, Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health | University of South Florida
2013 - 2015

Instructor of Record, Department of Anthropology | University of South Florida
2013 - 2015

Research Appointments

Graduate Research Assistant and Project Coordinator | American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant at the Moffitt Cancer Center.
“Addressing Cervical Cancer Disparities among Hispanic Migrant Farmworkers: Exploring System-Level Factors Influencing HPV Vaccination.”
PI: Cheryl Vamos.
2014 - 2015

Graduate Research Assistant | National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial (NIDCR) Research Grant.
“Exploring Determinants to HPV-Related Oral Health Literacy among Dental Providers.”
PI: Ellen Daley.  
2014 - 2015

Graduate Research Assistant | Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Women’s Health, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida. 
Supervisors: Ellen Daley and Rita Debate.
2012 - 2015

Graduate Research Assistant | Ford Foundation Grant. 
“An in-depth situational analysis of Florida county-level decisions in sexuality education programming: How does change happen at local levels?”.
PIs: Ellen Daley and Eric Buhi. 
2013 - 2014 

Graduate Research Assistant | National Science Foundation (NSF) Springboard Award 1125659/1125669.
“The Devolution of Immigration Enforcement in the U.S. South and Its Impact on Newly Established Latino Communities.” 
PIs: Angela Stuesse and Matthew Coleman. 
2012 - 2013

Graduate Research Assistant | Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida.
“Transforming Women’s Health: Exploring the Oral/Systemic Connection as a New Paradigm to Improve Women’s Health.”  
PIs: Ellen Daley and Rita Debate.
2010 - 2012

Graduate Research Assistant | Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida. 
Oral Health Literacy and Access to Dental Care for Migrant Families in the Greater Tampa Bay Region.  
PI: Heide Castañeda.


(In Press) Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the US South. Rutgers University Press. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles 

*indicates community-based organization co-author 

Kline, Nolan. Forthcoming. Life, Death, and Dialysis: Medical Repatriation and Liminal Life among Undocumented Kidney Failure Patients in the US. Political and Legal Anthropology Review. DOI: 10.1111/plar.12269

Kline, Nolan. Forthcoming. When Policies of Deservingness Converge: US Immigration Enforcement, Health Reform, and Patient Dumping.  Anthropology & Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2018.1507101.

Vamos, Cheryl, Coralia Vazquez-Otero, Nolan Kline, Elizabeth Lockhart, Kristen Wells, Cathy Meade, Sara Proctor*, and Ellen Daley. Forthcoming. Multi-level Determinants to HPV Vaccination among Hispanic Farmworker Families in Florida.  Ethnicity and Health. 

Daley, Ellen M., Cheryl A. Vamos, Erika Thompson, Coralia Vázquez-Otero, Stacey B. Griner, Laura Merrell, Nolan Kline, Kimberly Walker, Annelise Driscoll, John Petrila. Forthcoming. The Role of Dental Providers in Preventing HPV-Related Diseases: A Systems Perspective. Journal of Dental Education.

Kline, Nolan, C. Vamos, E. Thompson, F. Catalanotto, J. Petrila, R. Debate, S. Griner, C. Vázquez-Otero, L. Merrell, E. Daley. 2018. Are dental providers the next line of HPV-related prevention? Providers’ perceived role and needs. Papillomavirus Research 5: 104-108. 

Daley, Ellen, Erika L. Thompson, Cheryl A. Vamos, Stacey B. Griner, Coralia Vázquez-Otero, Alicia Best, Nolan Kline, and Laura K. Merrell. 2018. HPV-Related Knowledge Among Dentists and Dental Hygienists. Journal of Cancer Education 33(4): 901-906.  

Vazquez-Otero, Coralia, Cheryl Vamos, Erika Thompson, Laura Merrell, Stacey Griner, Nolan Kline, Frank Catalanotto, Anna H. Giuliano, Ellen Daley. 2018Assessing Dentists’ HPV-Related Health Literacy for Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention. Journal of the American Dental Association 149(1): 9-17.  

Kline, Nolan. 2017. Pathogenic Policy: Immigrant Policing, Fear, and Parallel Medical Systems in the U.S. South. Medical Anthropology 36 (4): 396-410. 

Daley, Ellen, Cheryl Vamos, Erika Thompson, Gregory Zimet, Zeev Rosberger, Laura Merrell, and Nolan Kline. 2017The Feminization of HPV: How Science, Politics, Economics, and Society Shaped U.S. HPV Vaccine Implementation. Papillomavirus Research 3: 142-148.                                

Thompson, Erika L., Ellen M. Daley, Cheryl A. Vamos, Alice M. Horowitz, Frank A. Catalanotto, Rita D. DeBate, Laura M. Merrell, Stacey Griner, Coralia Vázquez-Otero, and Nolan Kline. 2017. HPV-related oral cancer prevention: Health literacy approaches to improving communication between dental hygienists and patients. Journal of Dental Hygiene 97(4): 37-45.

Thompson, Erika L., Coralia Vázquez-Otero, Cheryl A. Vamos, Stephanie Marhefka, Nolan Kline, and Ellen M. Daley. 2017Rethinking preconception care: A critical, women’s health perspective. Maternal and Child Health Journal 21 (5): 1147-1155. 

Skvoretz, John, Karen Dyer, Ellen Daley, Rita Debate, Cheryl Vamos, Nolan Kline, and Erika Thompson. 2016. Research and Practice Communications between Oral Health Providers and Prenatal Health Providers: A Bibliometric Analysis. Maternal and Child Health 20 (8): 1607-1619.

Daley, Ellen, Virginia Dodd, Rita DeBate, Cheryl A. Vamos, Christopher Wheldon, Nolan Kline, Sarah Smith, Rasheeta Chandler, Karen Dyer, Hannah Helmy, and Annelise Driscoll. 2014. Prevention of HPV-related Oral Cancer: Assessing Dentists' Readiness. Public Health 128 (3): 231-238.  

Kline, Nolan and Rachel Newcomb. 2013. The Forgotten Farmworkers of Apopka, Florida: Prospects for Collaborative Research and Activism to Assist African-American Former Farmworkers.  Anthropology and Humanism 38 (2): 160-176. 

Kline, Nolan. 2013. “There’s Nowhere I Can Go to Get Help, and I have Tooth Pain Right Now:” The Oral Health Syndemic among Migrant Farmworkers in Florida. Annals of Anthropological Practice 36 (2): 387-401.

DeBate, Rita, Ellen Daley, Cheryl Vamos, Nolan Kline, Laura Marsh, and Sarah Smith. 2013. Transdisciplinary Women’s Health: A Call to Action. Health Care for Women International 35 (10): 1113-1132. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2013.840636.

Daley, Ellen, Rita DeBate, Cheryl Vamos, Laura Marsh, Nolan Kline, Judith Albino, Annelise Driscoll, Susan Muller, Ann Progulske-Fox, and Stephanie Russell. 2013. Transforming Women's Oral-Systemic Health Through Discovery, Development, and Delivery. Journal of Women's Health 22 (4): 299-302.

Carrion, Iraida V., Heide Castañeda, Dinorah Martinez–Tyson, Nolan Kline. 2011. Barriers Impeding Access to Primary Oral Health Care AmongFarmworker Families in Central Florida. Social Work in Health Care 50 (10): 828-844. 

Kline, Nolan. 2010. Disparate Power and Disparate Resources: Collaboration between Faith-based and Activist Organizations for Central Florida Farmworkers. Annals of Anthropological Practice (then titled NAPA Bulletin) 33(8): 126-142. 

Castañeda, Heide, Iraida V. Carrion, Nolan Kline, and Dinorah Martinez Tyson. 2010. False Hope: Effects of Social Class and Health Policy on Oral Health Inequalities for Migrant Farmworker Families. Social Science and Medicine 71 (11): 2028-2037. 

Castañeda, Heide, Nolan Kline, and Nathaniel Dickey. 2010. Health Concerns of Migrant Backstretch Workers at Horse Racetracks.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 21(2): 489-503. 


Kline, Nolan. 2018. “It’s Too Risky to Leave the House:” Immigrant Policing and Health-Related Mobility. In“Healthcare in Motion.” Cecilia Vindrola, Anne Pfister, and Ginger Johnson, eds. Berghahn Books.

Kline, Nolan. 2018. “How Will I Get My Skull Back?” The Embodied Consequences of Immigrant Policing. In Forced Out, Fenced In: Immigration Tales from the Field. Tanya Golash-Boza, ed. Oxford University Press.

Editor-Reviewed Publications

*indicates community-based organization co-author 

Kline, Nolan, and Christopher Cuevas* 2018. Resisting Identity Erasure After Pulse:Intersectional LGBTQ+ Latinx Activism in Orlando, FL. Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 2(2): 69-72. 

Castañeda, Heide, Nolan Kline, Mackenzie Rapp, Nicole Demetriou, Naheed Ahmed, Isabella Chan, Theresa Crocker, Nathaniel Dickey, Patrick Dillon, Hilary Dotson, Jordana Frost, Natalie Hobbs, Emily Koby Novicki, Philip McNab, Francisco Montiel-Ishino, and Colleen Timmons. 2011. Assessing the 2010 Affordable Care Act: Perspectives of Future Health Care Professionals. Practicing Anthropology 33(4): 44-48.

Academic Commentaries 

Kline, Nolan. 2015. Militarizing Life: What Policing, Events in Ferguson, and Immigration Enforcement Say about Regimes of Social Control. Commentary for Anthropology News 56 (5-6): 5. 

Encyclopedia Articles

Kline, Nolan. 2018. “Migration and Health” in the International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Hillary Callan, editor. Wiley. 

Kline, Nolan. 2014. “Faith Based Organizations” in Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience. Anna Ochoa-O’Leary, editor. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO-Greenwood. 

Book Reviews

Kline, Nolan. 2017. Review of They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields, by Sarah Bronwen Horton. American Anthropologist 119 (2): 371-372. 

Kline, Nolan. 2016. Review of Showdown in the Sonoran Desert, by Ananda Rose. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 21 (2): 386-388. 

Kline, Nolan. 2015. Review of Community Health Narratives: A Reader, Emily Mendenhall and Kathy Wollner, eds. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 30 (1). DOI: 10.1111/maq.12253.  

Kline, Nolan. 2014. Review of Collaborators Collaborating: Counterparts in Anthropological Knowledge and International Research Relations, Monica Konrad, ed. Collaborative Anthropologies 6: 454-458.   

Public Scholarship 

Kline, Nolan. 2016. “Structural Vulnerabilities and Global Migrant Crises: What Can Activist Scholars Do?” April 18, 2016.

Kline, Nolan. 2014. The Anthropology of “Robocop:” Finding New Audiences in Popular Media. Anthropoliteia: The Anthropology of Policing. March 4, 2014.

Kline, Nolan. 2014. “It’s Not Worth the Risk to Go to the Doctor:” How Immigration Legislation Impacts Undocumented Immigrants’ Health. Podcast for the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

Kline, Nolan. 2012. The Migrant Oral Health Syndemic: Examining Access to Oral Health Care among Central Florida Farmworkers. Podcast for the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

Kline, Nolan. 2011. Fighting for Fair Food in Florida.  Access Denied: A Conversation on Im/migration and health. February 26, 2011.

Kline, Nolan. 2011. Marching for One More Penny: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Pickets Publix Supermarkets in Tampa Bay. Access Denied: A Conversation on Im/migration and health. March 29, 2011.

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Nolan Kline has several ongoing research projects, including the following:  

1. Immigrant policing and health 
These studies examine the multiple health-related consequences of immigration enforcement laws, police practices, and and other related policies. Field sites include Atlanta, Georgia, and Orlando, Florida. 

2. LGBTQ+ Latinx activism following the Pulse shooting
Studies related to this topic focus on efforts to advance health equity, political and legal rights, and improve the lives for populations who identify as LGBTQ+ and Latinx. All studies are done in Orlando, Florida. 

3. Structural barriers to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) prevention 
These studies focus on ways to involve dental providers in HPV-prevention or social determinants to HPV-related prevention efforts, including examining how farm labor itself constrains HPV vaccination for children of Latinx migrant farmworkers. Study sites are nationwide for providers and in Central Florida for farmworker-related studies. 

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Current Courses  

Rollins College

Undergraduate Level:
  • Activism and Social Change
  • Epidemiology
  • Mysteries of Culture
  • Development of Anthropological Thought
  • Senior Seminar: Applied Anthropology
  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Cultures of the World
  • Community Health

Past Courses 

Purdue University

Graduate Level: 
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Health Disparities: Qualitative Research Methods
Undergraduate Level:
  • Im/migrant and Refugee Health

University of South Florida

Undergraduate Level: 
  • Sex, Health, and Decision Making 
  • Cultural Anthropology  
  • Health, Behavior, and Society  

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Medical Anthropology 
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for the Anthropology of Policy

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Anthropology professor Nolan Kline was recently named one of Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2019.

These annual awards honor local young professionals who continue to impress by blending their business acumen, community service, and active family lives.
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Kline receives NSF grant for research on public policy and mobilization

Anthropology professor Nolan Kline has been awarded a new three-year federal research grant in the amount of $169,996 from the National Science Foundation.
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Kline publishes book on immigration enforcement

Anthropology professor Nolan Kline has released his first book, Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the U.S. South, published by Rutgers University Press. While a student at Rollins and now as a professor, Kline has conducted extensive research on immigrant communities in Central Florida and throughout the South.
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Kline publishes article on populations vulnerable to health inequity

Anthropology professor Nolan Kline has published an article in Health Equity, a scientific journal focused on health disparities among vulnerable populations. The piece, entitled “Rethinking COVID-19 Vulnerability: A Call for LGTBQ+ Im/migrant Health Equity in the United States During and After a Pandemic,” explores social and political vulnerabilities faced by immigrants, migrants, and LGBTQ+ populations.
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Kline receives Engaged Scholarship Faculty award from Florida Campus Compact

Anthropology professor Nolan Kline recently received the Early Career Engaged Scholarship Faculty award from Florida Campus Compact. The award recognizes and honors at least one faculty member who has between one and five years of full-time college-level experience for contributing to the integration of service and/or community-based learning into the curriculum.
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