Participant Info

First Name
Colita Nichols
Last Name
Norfolk State University
Website URL
African American historiography, Social Policy and Community Development Analysis, Hampton VA history, African-centered research
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Fairfax will have 20 years of service at Norfolk State University in August, 2019. As Full Professor, she specializes in cultural influences to enhance community and marriage interventions/development, and social policy. Her work in historiography allows for a longitudinal aspect of helping and healing analyses. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Fairfax earned the BSW at Howard University, the MSW (in Direct Practice) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the MA and PhD in African American Studies at Temple University. She is also a certified online instructor and Honors College Senior Faculty Fellow.

She has written a historiography entitled Hampton, Virginia (2005), and a historiography entitled Timeless History and Service of the Iota Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated: 1922 to Our Time (2017), several articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has edited a journal issue entitled Social Work, Marriage and Ethnicity in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2014). This special journal issue has been converted into an edited book (2016). Dr. Fairfax has written several articles and book reviews. She has also served as a journal article reviewer and evaluator for several journals.

Dr. Fairfax is a native of Richmond and resides in Hampton. She was appointed to the State Board of Historic Resources by Governor McAuliffe in 2016, and currently serves as Vice-Chairman

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Emancipation, Gender, Public History, Race, Slavery, Women