Nicole S. Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a graduate appointment in U of T’s Faculty of Information. She researches in the area of political economy of communication, particularly work and labour in the media and cultural industries, media and cultural worker organizing, and journalism. Her book, Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age, will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in Fall 2016. Nicole collaborates with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy on the SSHRC-funded project Cultural Workers Organize. Together, they edited a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique: Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Labour and Higher Education (2015).
Nicole served as the first editor of J-Source.ca‘s Work and Labour section, and serves on the steering committee of the Union for Democratic Communication and the board of directors of the Canadian Intern Association. Her academic research has been published internationally in books, journals, and magazines, including South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, tripleC, Feminist Media Studies, Democratic Communiqué, Canadian Journal of Communication, Frieze, NOW Magazine, and Briarpatch. In 2013, her co-authored article with de Peuter and Brophy —”Interns Unite! You Have Nothing To Lose (Literally)”—won the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting.
Nicole is the co-founder and former co-editor of Shameless, an independent feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth that has been publishing since 2004 (she currently serves on the board of directors).