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 Thomas M. Conroy, Food and Everyday Life offers a number of complementary approaches and topics around the parameters of the “ordinary, everyday” perspective on food. Chapters enage topics from the cultural meanings of food to the cultural politics of sustainable brewing--the subject of the chapter I contributed to the volume.
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 additional 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 16,500 words into her first novella, Independence--a speculative fiction about a United States 250 years in the future. The story is a dark and fantastic response to the question, "what would our country look like if current trends in our food system were allowed to evolve to thier (il)logial ends?"
J. is currently teaching three courses.
She is also in the process of prepping three exciting classes for the spring 2016 semester.