Nicholaus is the founder of Raffler, a mobile texting application centered on government services. He is also an experienced sociologist with a focus on technology and political culture. Nicholaus taught political sociology at Emory University and currently teaches general sociology at Miami Dade College.
Nicholaus has presented on racial differences in online behavior in both the United States and at the International Technology, Education and Development (INTED) Conference in Valencia, Spain. He received a doctorate in sociology from Emory University in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and government from Georgetown University in 2010. He recently received an MBA through the Smartly program, an innovative business program for working professionals.
Nicholaus is a product of South Florida schools. He began advocating for children and youth as the student representative for the Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA Executive Board, urging support for universal pre-kindergarten and bullying prevention legislation. He later served on the National PTA’s Board of Directors and chaired its Youth Involvement Committee. Currently, he currently serves on Broward United Nations Association Board of Directors and on the Grants Selection Committee for Allegany Franciscan Ministries in Miami, Florida.
He has received a number of awards, including The Miami Herald Silver Knight in Social Science in 2006 and PTA Lifetime Achievement Award for his advocacy work with the PTA and the NAACP. His vision for the future encompasses true equity and social justice for all.