Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D.

Sociology Expert


Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Sociology, Pomona College


  • Sociologist with over a decade of experience in university research and teaching
  • Has studied 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., is a former writer for ThoughtCo, who authored nearly 170 articles about race, class, gender and consumer behavior. She 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.


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. 

Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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