Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D. is a broadly trained sociologist who has over a decade of experience in university research and teaching. With a background that includes the study of race and racism, gender and sexuality, the economy and work, consumer studies, and environmental issues, Nicki researches and writes about a range of topics, but is most interested in those that relate to inequality and how we can fight it.
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Nicki has taught a wide range of sociology courses at the University of California-Santa Barbara and at Pomona College, covering topics including research methods, theory, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, consumer culture, and globalization.
An experienced researcher, Nicki 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 2014-16.
Nicki's academic work has been published in the journal Race, Gender & Class, in the public sociology magazine Contexts, and in edited volumes including Consumer Culture, Modernity and Identity and Media Education for a Digital Generation. Her social science writing has also been featured on Sociological Images, The Sociological Cinema, Work in Progress, Social Science Space, and Pacific Standard.
Nicki'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 has a Masters and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California-Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts 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.
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