Nicole M Brown

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Doctoral Candidate of Sociology

Contact Information

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Consumption/Consumerism
  • Intersectionality

Research Description

  • My dissertation is a study of African American political consumerism during the Welfare Rights era. Much of the research on consumption fails to adequately engage intersections of race, class and gender. Within my research I reveal a specific dimension of political consumerism which incorporates intersectional research that illuminates, among other things, how power is shaped, enacted and resisted through consumerism.

    Current and future research includes utilizing digitized ‘big data’ in the study of consumerism. I hope to contribute to the demystification of topic modeling as a viable method for social scientists, particularly those interested in comparative historical methods.


  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
  • M.S.Ed., Illinois State University


  • Intro Sociology (TA)
  • Intro Sociology - Online (TA)
  • Black Masculinities
  • Black Feminist Theory
  • Sociology of Deviance (TA)
  • Global Issues
  • Minority Relations
  • Organizational Leadership


Journal Articles

  • "Freedom’s Stock: Political Consumerism, Transnational Blackness, and the Black Star Line." Critical Sociology (2014):

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "African-American Consumerism." The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. 2014.