Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo

Associate Professor of Global Health Studies and Anthropology

headshot of amy nichols-beloDr. Amy Nichols-Belo has taught in the Global Health Studies and Anthropology programs at Mercer since 2014. Trained as a cultural medical anthropologist, Dr. Nichols-Belo is interested in the intersections of of health, tradition, gender, and belief, with a particular focus on witchcraft belief and anti-witchcraft practices in Mwanza, Tanzania. Prior to coming to Mercer, Dr. Nichols-Belo taught at Randolph-Macon College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Virginia and worked on numerous social and behavioral health studies as a research staff member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Nichols-Belo regularly co-leads a Spring Break study tour of the Cuban health care system (2018, 2020) and Mercer On Mission programs (to Tanzania in 2016 and 2018 and to South Africa in 2017).


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • M.S., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech
  • B.A., History and International Affairs, James Madison University


Medical anthropology, critical global health studies, women’s and gender studies, East Africa, science and technology studies

Classes taught

  • ANT 101: Introduction to Anthropology
  • GHS 200: Introduction to Global Health Studies
  • GHS 300: Global Health Challenges
  • ANT/GHS 310: Medical Anthropology
  • ANT/GHS/WGS 345: Health and Gender
  • GHS/WGS 375: Maternal and Child Health
  • GHS 332: Qualitative Health Research
  • HON 332: Action and Vocation
  • Cuba and Tanzania Travel courses

Other interests

Traveling, adventuring, cooking, eating, and hanging out with my husband, son, and dogs.

Recent publications

  • Nichols-Belo, Amy (2018) “Witchdoctors” in White Coats: Politics and Healing Knowledge in Tanzania, Medical Anthropology, 37(8), 722-736, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2018.1476974
  • Nichols-Belo, A. (2017). [Review of the book Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings, by Katrina Thompson]. African Studies Review 60(3), 237-239. https://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/679581.

Contact Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo

(478) 301-2848
Office: Groover Hall, Room 209