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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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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...

MAPACA 2014: Charm City Here I Come

July 14, 2014


Just got the word that my paper presentation was accepted by the Food and Culture division of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)... 


In Press

Book Chapter:
Drinking Local: Sustainable Brewing, Alternative Food Networks, and the Politics of Valuation

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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.

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 currently exploring the option to focus this work on 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 16,500 words into her first novel--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, media infrastructure, and social hierachies were allowed to evolve to thier (il)logial ends?"Read More >


Now Teaching

Fall 2015

J. is currently teaching three courses.

  • COMM 102: Introduction to Mass Media
  • COMM 432: Global Media and Communication
  • COMM 493: Senior Seminar

Randolph College

She is also in the process of prepping three exciting classes for the spring 2016 semester.

  • COMM 204: Communication Technologies & Culture
  • COMM 332: Digital Media Studes
  • COMM 425: Exploring Media Theories

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