Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph.D.

Sociologist and Writer


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

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

B.A. in 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., has 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, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. 

Awards and Publications:

LiveAbout and Dotdash

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