Nina Cole

Nina Cole

Position Title
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:

  • 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.