Nicole is a critical communications scholar and doctoral student at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism who studies Black women’s activism, health communication, and online social movements. Nicole is interested in how Black female well-being online communities’ labor practices constitute a discursive structure that can empower Black female activists and contradict normative health discourses in news media. 

Nicole graduated from Pepperdine University in 2017 with a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication. Nicole holds her Master of Communication Management from the University of Southern California (2010) and received her B.A. in English from Georgetown University (2009). Nicole’s work has been included in the handbook, The Rhetoric of Social Movements: Networks, Power, and New Media (Crick et al., 2020), as well as in the Journal of Children and Media. Nicole has also presented at the 2021 National Communication Association Conference, as well as the 2022 Cultural Studies Association Conference. 

In addition to her academic interests, Nicole is passionate about movement and mindfulness and is a nationally certified Pilates and meditation instructor. Nicole is the founder of Lovework LLC, a community-centered well-being company. You can connect with Nicole at