Nicki Lisa Cole is an American sociologist with expertise in consumer culture and global supply chains. She has worked at universities and research organisations in California, England and Austria.

From 2017–2019 she worked as a researcher at the University of York in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and at the Stockholm-Environment Institute-York. Prior to that, Nicki was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria. From 2012–2014 Nicki served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She completed a PhD in sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2011.

In addition to her work as a sociologist, Nicki has expertise and experience in social science writing, digital publishing and editing. From 2014–2017 she published prolifically as the Sociology Expert for, one of the largest educational media outlets on the web. She has written widely about the electronics industry as a freelance journalist and maintains an active roster of clients as a freelance editor and digital publishing consultant.

Nicki has been on maternity leave since July 2018. She lives in England with her husband, daughter and cat.