Faculty Profile for Dr. Nicole Stewart

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Dr. Nicole Stewart
Assistant Professor — School of Jrnlism & Mass Comm
phone: (512) 245-2656

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Nicole K. Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In Canada, she earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and a B.A. in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. Her research focuses on the social formations that emerge with the assemblage of publics and platforms (i.e., platform family/academy/publics).

In 2021, Nicole taught the first higher education class on audio social media (i.e., Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces), and in 2022, taught the first university class in Canada to be taught completely inside virtual reality. She enjoys teaching courses related to digital media, social media, mobile media, and immersive storytelling.

Before academia, Nicole worked as an industry professional in public relations, social media, branding, and marketing. She was the principal of a public relations firm, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GLOSS Magazine, which was featured in The New York Times in 2008 for its innovation in the digital publishing scene.

Teaching Interests

social media, mobile media, virtual reality, immersive storytelling, media literacy, communication technologies

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Stewart, N. K. B. (2023, November). Digital Game Culture in Korea. Journal of Media Psychology. Hogrefe.
  • Stewart, N. K. B., Adams, P. R., & Quader, S. B. (2023). “We are disposable”: precarity, mobility, and inequity in higher education’s gig academy. Communication, Culture and Critique, tcad030, 1–8. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcad030
  • Lesage, F., Stewart, N. K. B., & Tang, S. (2023). Finding a rhythm: The mediality of researching digital skill as process. New Media & Society, 1–21. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448231192966
  • Stewart, N. K. B., Al-Rawi, A., Celestini, C., & Worku, N. (2023). Hate Influencers’ Mediation of Hate on Telegram: “We Declare War Against the Anti-White System.” Social Media + Society. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051231177915
  • Stewart, N. K. B. (2023). Platforms and everyday life: A triply articulated approach to domesticating digital media. Summit. Canada: Simon Fraser University. Retrieved from https://summit.sfu.ca/item/36442

Selected Grants

  • Stewart, Nicole Kristal Bernice. Platforms & Everyday Life, SSHRC Explore Grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Federal Canadian Grant), $7000. (Funded: May 2023 - July 2023). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

SJMC Graduate Committee
October 2023-Present
Reviewer / Referee
New Media & Society
March 15, 2024-March 30, 2024
Reviewer / Referee
Social Media + Society
March 1, 2024-March 15, 2024
Reviewer / Referee
Social Media & Society
December 15, 2023-January 15, 2024
Reviewer / Referee
International Association of Media and Communication Research - Media Education Research Division
May 2023-2023