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J. Nikol Beckham is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. Her scholarship examines popular manifestations of power and inequality within contemporary cultural economies. She is particularly interested in bringing culturally attentive theories of valuation to the exploration of what might be called an everyday politics of food and drink. | Read More >

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“The Value of a Pint” to be Published by University of Nebraska Press

November  20, 2015

University of Nebraska Press

I am very pleased to share that I recently reached an agreement with the University of Nebraska Press to publish The Value of A Pint: American Beer, Cultural Change, and the Stubborn Materiality of Contemporary Capitalism...

It’s Hufflepuff for me!

April 3, 2015

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I am extremely excited to share that I have accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. I’ll be joining the faculty...


In Press

Book Chapter:
Entrepreneurial Leisure and the Microbrew Revolution: The Neoliberal Roots of the Craft Beer Movement

Untapped Cover

Edited by Nathaniel Chapman, J. Slade Lellock, and Cameron Lippard, Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer is a collection of twelve previously unpublished essays that analyze the rise of craft beer from social and cultural perspectives. J. authored the volume's fourth chapter, "Entrepreneurial Leisure and the Microbrew Revolution: The Neoliberal Origins of the Craft Beer Movement.”

New Work

Current Research:
The Measure of Food Justice

J's current project, investigates the cultural economies of 'good food' movements in U.S. cities, exploring the nature and efficacy of food justice activism centered in urban geographies. She is also exploring the interaction between urban food systems and correctional facilities. Read More >

Creative Writing:
Without Light

J. uses creative writing as an entertaining and productive way to engage with the ideas that are at the center of her research. She is currently revising her first novella, Independence--a speculative fiction about a United States 250 years in the future that she intends to self-publish in 2016. Read More >


Now Teaching

Fall 2016

J. is currently teaching three courses.

  • COMM 102: Introduction to Mass Media
  • COMM 285: Understanding Human Communication
  • COMM 493: Senior Seminar

Randolph College

She is also in the process of prepping three exciting classes for the spring 2017 semester.

  • COMM 204: Communication Technology & Culture
  • COMM 241: American Radio & Television
  • COMM 494: Senior Seminar

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