CST PhD Candidate
Dissertation: Reggae to L.A. With Love: Nostalgia, Authenticity, and Style In Los Angeles’ Vintage Jamaican Music Community
Research Interests: Jamaican popular music and sound-system culture, music scenes and subcultures, cultural revivals, authenticity, nostalgia, style, identity and belonging, fashion studies, performance studies, ethnomusicology, feminist theory, oral history, public scholarship
Fellowship, Grants, and Awards:
- Mellon Public Scholar, 2018
- Southwest Oral History Association General Scholarship, 2018
- Oral History Association Presenter Scholarship, 2017
- Cultural Studies Graduate Group Summer Funding – Special Projects, UC Davis (2017)
- Cultural Studies Graduate Group Dissertation Quarter Fellowship, UC Davis (2017)
- Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies Summer Research Fellowship, UC Davis (2016)
- Margrit Mondavi Summer Fellowship, UC Davis (2015)
- Provost's Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UC Davis (2013-2014)
M.A., Geography, California State University, Los Angeles, 2008
Thesis: Post-World War II Jamaican Migration Patterns and the Current Distribution of 1960s Jamaican Vinyl Records
B.A., Mathematics, magna cum laude, Mount Saint Mary’s College, 2002
Cole, Nina. 2017. “Early Jamaican Popular Music and Sound-System Culture.” Guest lecture presented in MUS11: Musics of the World, Davis, March 2.
Cole, Nina. 2017. “Authenticating the Dancehall: Practice, Pedagogy, and Emotion in Los Angeles’ Vintage Jamaican Music Scene.” Paper presented at the University of the West Indies Global Reggae Conference, Kingston, February 9-11.
Cole, Nina. 2016. “The Way Things Were: Nostalgia in Los Angeles’ Vintage Jamaican Music Scene.” Paper presented at the UCD Performance Studies Symposium, Davis, October 7-8.
Cole, Nina. 2016. “Between Love and Protest: Listening to the Multiple Registers of ‘Oh Carolina’.” Paper presented at the UCD Performance Studies Graduate Group Forum, Davis, May 23.
Cole, Nina. 2015. “From JA To L.A.: Performing Authenticity in Los Angeles’ Vintage Jamaican Music Community.” Poster presented at UCD Humanities Institute Fall Open House, Davis, October 7
Cole, Nina. “Keeping the Underground Alive: Creating Community in a Local Music Subculture.” Conference paper, Southwest Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Fullerton, CA, April 27-29, 2018.
Cole, Nina. “A Spin to Spark Creativity: The Role of Early Jamaican Popular Music Recordings in Los Angeles’ Traditional Ska Scene.” Colloquium speaker, UCD Cultural Studies Graduate Group Colloquium Series, Davis, CA, April 19, 2018.
Cole, Nina. “Foregrounding Women Behind the Turntables.” Media presentation, Imagining America National Conference, Davis, CA, October 12-14, 2017.
Cole, Nina. “Memory, Narrative, and Ongoing Involvement: The Materialization of Nostalgia in Los Angeles’ Vintage Jamaican Music Scene.” Conference paper, Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 4-7, 2017.
Cole, Nina. “A Spin to Spark Creativity: The Role of Early Jamaican Popular Music Recordings in Los Angeles’ Traditional Ska Scene.” Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture 9, no. 1, April 2018.