Nina Cole

Nina Cole

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate


Bio

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:

  • 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)

Education:

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

Presentations: 

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.