Nicole M Brown

 Nicole Brown

Contact Information

3060 Lincoln Hall
Doctoral Candidate
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Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications

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.