Nicolette sees religion as a powerful and motivating factor in the lives of humans. She has observed how big of an impact a religious community has on its members’ lives. Her research focuses on a sample of Ghanians who have migrated to the U.S. and their relationship with their churches. She looks at factors such as poverty, health, and inequality in this population and analyzes the role of religion on politics, social welfare, public opinion, health and marriage. Her research connects the personal discoveries through community interaction to broad, cross-country patterns. She expects to see the function of trust as the most significant trait within this population, a trait that functions differently than in non-migrant populations.