Nicki is the Harry F Guggenheim Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and a member of the World History group. She received her PhD in history from Durham University, based on research in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan over 2012-2015. Before joining Cambridge, she was a research associate with the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University; consulting researcher with the Peace Research Institute Oslo; and visiting lecturer at the Centre for Peace and Development Studies, Juba University, South Sudan.
Nicki's work focuses on popular political organisation and resistance. She is currently pursuing two academic projects. Her book project focuses on the political activity of Southern Sudanese residents in Khartoum, 1969-2013, as a history of South Sudanese political thought, debate, resistance and rebel activity during the second civil war, based on personal histories and private archives of refugee and displaced persons' political writings. Nicki is also the European fellow on a Volkswagen Stiftung and University of Khartoum project 'Identity, Nationality and Citizenship for South Sudanese communities', with Dr. Mohamed A. G. Bakhit: her sub-project focuses on ideas of good governance, borders and civic rights on the South Sudan-Uganda borderlands over the long twentieth century to present.