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.
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...
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...
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and Cameron Lippard, Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer is a collection of twelve previously unpublished essays that analyze the rise of craft beer from social and cultural perspectives.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.”
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.
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.
J. is currently teaching three courses.
She is also in the process of prepping three exciting classes for the spring 2017 semester.