Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D.

  • Sociologist with over a decade of experience in university research and teaching
  • Has a background that includes the study of race and racism, gender and sexuality, the economy and work, consumer studies, and environmental issues
  • Has taught a range of sociology courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Pomona College


Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D., has taught a wide range of sociology courses at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Pomona College, covering topics including research methods, theory, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, consumer culture, and globalization. An experienced researcher, Cole joined the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, England, in 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a funded research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria, from 2014 to 2016. Cole's writing has appeared in a number of academic journals focusing on race, class, and gender, as well as consumer behavior. Cole also wrote nearly 170 articles for ThoughtCo.


Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D., has a master's degree and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. Her graduate training included the in-depth study of social theory, intensive methodological training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and topical seminars on race and ethnicity, culture, sex and gender, and globalization. Through her doctoral research into the global coffee trade and fair trade systems, she developed expertise in the workings of the global economy, labor conditions and workers' rights issues, and consumer culture.


Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D., has had her academic work published in the journal Race, Gender & Class, and the public sociology magazine Contexts, as well as in edited volumes including "Consumer Culture, Modernity and Identity" and "Media Education for a Digital Generation." Her social science writing has appeared on the websites Sociological ImagesThe Sociological CinemaWork in ProgressSocial Science Space, and Pacific Standard.

Cole's freelance journalism, on topics including the hidden human and environmental costs of producing consumer electronics and approaches to fair trade and ethical production, has been published on  Truthout and CounterPunch and republished in a variety of outlets and languages all over the world.

Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D.

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