J. Alice Nixon-Thompson has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Goucher College and a master's degree in medical sociology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. After graduating with her master’s, she worked as a project manager at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) examining urban/rural differences in health care expenditures and access to care using AHRQs Medical Expenditure Panel Study (MEPS). In 2004, Ms. Nixon-Thompson became a health care analyst at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) conducting research related to U.S.-funded international public health programs and initiatives, including evaluations of U.S. global malaria control initiatives and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. From 2006 through 2008, Alice worked as a program officer and study director at Institute of Medicine in Washington DC. During that time she assisted in the executed an evaluation of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) mandated by the US Congress and acted as the study director for an evaluation of Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System’s Avian influenza/ pandemic influenza activities.

In December of 2011, Ms. Nixon-Thompson finished her course work and advanced to candidacy in the University of Maryland’s sociology PhD program with concentrations in development and demography.  She is currently working on finishing her dissertation titled “The Impact of Colonialism on the Development of Health Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa” and plans on finishing this work by the spring of 2014. 

Areas of Interest

  • International Health
  • Institutions
  • Historical Comparative


  • BA
    Sociology from Goucher College
  • MA
    Medical Sociology from UMBC
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