Nicki Lisa Cole is a public sociologist and freelance journalist who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She writes about social science research and concepts for ThoughtCo and provides research-backed articles on current events and issues for the lifelong learning site. In April 2017, she joined the department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York as a Research Support Officer. There, she researches and writes about issues related to corporate welfare in the UK for a project led by Dr. Kevin Farnsworth.
Nicki’s research and writing are focused on issues of inequality and environmental sustainability as they intersect consumer culture and global supply chains. Her writing on these topics has been published in a variety of digital and print venues, including Truthout, CounterPunch, Alternet, Contexts, Sociological Images, Pacific Standard, Social Science Space, Work in Progress, and The Sociological Cinema. Nicki’s writing also appears in the edited volumes Assigned: Life with Gender, Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times, Media Education for a Digital Generation, and Consumer Culture, Modernity, and Identity.
With expertise in consumer culture, global supply chains, and the consumer electronics and coffee industries, Nicki has been quoted by Andi Zeisler in her book We Were Feminists Once, and in The Nation magazine, among other news outlets. She has appeared as an on-air guest on the Race Haven Podcast, on The Morning Mix with Project Censored on Berkeley’s KPFA radio station, and on LoraxLive.
From 2014‒16 Nicki was a funded Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria. Prior to that, Nicki taught sociology at Pomona College in Claremont, California from 2012‒14.
She lives in Leeds, England with her husband Florian and their cat, Melvin.
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