Nicole Torres, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor


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. My doctoral 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 militarized communities. My experiences while conducting doctoral research led me to obtaining a degree in clinical social work. I am now a practicing psychotherapist and work primarily from an ecopsychological perspective.

Clinical Focus:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Eco-anxiety and ecological trauma; ecotherapy
  • Culturally responsive/multicultural counseling
  • Ethnic and racial identity issues; institutional and workplace discrimination
  • Historical and intergenerational trauma

Scholarly interests:

  • Ecopsychology and decolonial praxis
  • Consciousness and creativity
  • Liberation discourses


  • MA, PhD - Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington
  • MSW - Social Work, University of Washington
  • MA - Social Science, University of Chicago